Some people wonder today how long God is going to allow the earth to still stand. Some people wonder why God hasn’t destroyed America yet. Some people wonder how long the patience of God can hold out while sin is running rampant all over the globe.
In Genesis 6, “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (6:5). Yet, he waited 120 years (6:3) before He punished sin-filled man with the flood. In Genesis 15, God foretold of the time when the inhabitants of Palestine would be judged by God and the descendants of Abraham would take possession of that great land (15:13-21). Yet, he waited 400 years before He punished that pagan land, because “the iniquity of the Amorites [was] not yet complete” (15:16). “The longsuffering of God waited” on these occasions (1 Pet. 3:20). Why? Because “the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation” (2 Pet. 3:15)! Oh, what a lesson!
What is God waiting for today? Souls to be saved! Mine, yours, and the world’s!