DON'T FRUSTRATE GOD

DEVOTIONAL TYPE: LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL

DATE: JANUARY 22

TOPIC : DON'T FRUSTRATE GOD

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.2 Peter 3:9

Although God does not give up on us, we can frustrate His plans for us. He has a purpose for our lives and desires that we fulfill that purpose. 

However, we also have a will and power of choice. We can choose to yield our will to the Lord or we can choose to go our own ways. If we choose to go our own ways, He will continue pursuing us, but He will not overrule our will. God respects and values us so much and wants us to choose to serve Him willingly.

His patience for us is not a license for us to continue in disobedience. He can still bless us, despite our sins, but that should not be seen as an endorsement of our waywardness. 

The reason He puts up with our sins and continues to pursue us with love is that He wants us to repent; He wants us to change; He wants us to see how much He loves us to convince us that when we do His will, life will be better for us.

When we yield to the Lord, we save time and make the most of what He has for us. When we walk in disobedience, we waste time and prolong the process for our own breakthrough. 

Sometimes we frustrate the Lord for so long that by the time we finally yield to Him, we are too old or that many great opportunities in life would have been lost.
Don't keep God waiting on you for too long. Don't frustrate His good intentions for your life.

*Prayer:* _Set my life in order, O Lord, and direct my paths._

*Scriptural Reading:* 2 Peter 3:1-9

1     Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 

2     that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 

3     knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 

4     and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 

5     For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 

6     by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 

7     But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 

8     But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 

9     The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

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