God is good.
2 Peter 3:8-10 says, “8But, 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. 9The 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. 10But 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.”
We live in a world plagued by typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, pandemic disease, war… and every other kind of brokenness. Spiritually, this world becomes more and more broken every day. Those of us who believe THE DAY OF THE LORD is coming as the Bible says in Revelation 6 (among other places) when all things will be made right in His judgement, can’t help wondering: What is He waiting for? Indeed, even non-believers mock us in asking the same question.
The answer to that question lies in 2 Peter 3: God is patient with us because He does not want any of us to die (spiritually). He wants all – who will – to come to Him (through Christ) in repentance of our sinful ways. He wants eternal fellowship with us, and He is willing to wait so the we all have a chance to make that choice.
And some are responding to His mercy and Grace toward them in Christ even now. In a small part of the Philippines, through the obedient work of a few, the first 59 days of 2021 have seen 33 new souls saved and 11 baptisms from all age groups and social groups. Here are a few pictures of what God has done in these last days.