Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever… Psalm 146:5-6 (NRSV)
But Ruth said,
‘Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God. Ruth 1:16 (NRSV)
Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. 2 Peter 3:8-9 (The Message)
The obvious, here, in 2 Peter 3, is that God “doesn’t want anyone lost.” The believers in Peter’s day, as now, must have been frustrated that God was withholding God’s wrath. They were getting antsy to be vindicated, rewarded for their good behavior while the unbelievers were punished. It’s not that God is slow; it’s that God wants to give everyone space and time to change. And God is God, what God wants done will be done. God will give everyone space and time to change. Because, hey, with God a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day.
The Psalms this week continue to be a wonderful reminder that we are blessed, happy, never disappointed when we put our trust in God.
It’s Advent, so the daily lectionary readings re-familiarize us with Jesus’ human lineage. Ruth, an ancestor of Jesus, chose to remain with her mother-in-law Naomi. This is one of the most beautifully descriptive scriptures concerning relationships in the Bible. We are fortunate when we find someone to whom we can say “wherever you go, I will go.” To those of us who have this, nurture it. To those who are still seeking, we lift you up in prayer.