Robert Moffat understood the reason for the Savior’s longsuffering. He pointed out, “We have all eternity to celebrate our victories, but only one short hour before sunset in which to win them.”
As you read 2 Peter you’ll be impressed that when God makes a promise He always keeps it. Nothing can stop Him. Many might scoff and say that God doesn’t seem to remember His promises because it’s been centuries since He promised Christ’s return and things seem to go on as normal.
Don’t be troubled by their indifference. When God is satisfied that the best time for fulfillment has arrived, it will come to pass. This is especially true regarding Christ’s return. In the fullness of time He will come. Until that day, “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation” (2 Peter 3:15).
Don’t presume upon God’s patience or play with it. If you do you will surely suffer bad consequences. Be grateful for His longsuffering. Use the extra time to diligently prepare yourself and persuade others to prepare for the day of the Lord. You’ll find out how to go about doing this when you read the opening chapter. Then add the qualities of character and commitment God delights to bless.
In the last chapter you’ll find good reason to make the most of opportunities you have, for as long as they’re available to you. The most important thing to pursue is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).