Friday, October 20, 2017
“And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away; Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?” (Genesis 27:44,45 KJV).
How does this “fury” compare to Almighty God’s anger?
The Holy Spirit through Peter answers those who ask in mockery, “Where is the promise of [Christ’s] coming [in wrath and judgment]?” Chapter 3 of 2 Peter: “ But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
In contrast to the “willingly ignorant scoffers” (verses 3-7), we should not be “ignorant” of truth. Whether God waits one day, or one millennium (1,000 years), His wrath will be poured out without reduction. Remember, according to today’s Scripture, man in his wrath can “promise” vengeance and not follow through with it. Time passing diminishes his rage; eventually, he will not retaliate. As Peter warns, this is not so with God; God is not “slack concerning his promise [of coming in wrath], as some men count slackness.” God’s wrath is delayed, but not because He is tardy, sluggish, unreliable, or faking (man’s excuses). When the God of the Bible grows angry in response to sin, and He swears to judge those evildoers, we can be sure He keeps His promises… whether waiting one day or one millennium!
God’s fiery fury on sinners will indeed come, as verse 10 says: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” However, thankfully, before this destruction occurs, God is “longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
We now conclude this devotionals arc….