An Instant World

Preaching on 2 Peter 3: 8-9 John Throop writes:

“We live in an instant world. All of us fee the pressures, but also enjoy the pleasures, of the instant and the immediate. Some of us can remember when the world was not instant. When you ordered something, it came in a couple of weeks, which was pretty good time.  Dinner took hours to cook. Restaurants served promptly, but not fast. Time was measured in hours. …

 

 While technology has changed our expectations about time, we find that relationships do not work in seconds. Love and compassion are not achieved in an instant.  The same thing is true in our walk with God. …”

 

Advent is the time we take time in our walk with God.  Christmastime is here and as I write this on Veteran’s Day, it is sad that commercialism is making “Black Friday” the whole month. I’m old fashioned but there is something about celebrating Thanksgiving before Christmas.

 

As a child I thought that Advent would never end. Every day waiting for Christmas seemed like it would never come. Every Sunday at church we light one more candle on the Advent wreath to mark time. Then as quick as a flash the angels are singing, Santa is coming and family photos are taken to capture a moment.

 

As we travel through another difficult year of our Lord 2015, Peter’s words are timeless and new:

 

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise (to come again) as some think of slowness, but is patient on your account, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

 

Quoting John Throop: “The prayer of the modern American is, ‘Dear God, grant me patience. And I want it right now!’ This is in stark contrast with the birth of our Savior 2,000 years ago as we await the Advent of his return. But wait, as we pray and worship the Good News is … Christ is with Us NOW!

 

Merry Christmas,

 

Pastor Steve