1….2….3….3 and one quarter…3 and one half…Oh, the rally cry of many parents. We want to discipline our children, but we also want to give them every chance to do the right thing. So we delay our counting. Our friends laugh at us and see us as weak. They think we give too many chances. What they don’t understand is that we don’t want to have to punish. So we count…slowly. And we give punishments that we “forget” to enforce. It isn’t that we are slack. It’s just that we love our kids and we don’t want to have to follow through with something that we know will hurt them. This is how God works with us. He has promised us that there will be a judgment. And on that day, some people will be welcomed into Heaven and some will be doomed to Hell. But He desires that no one perish. So, He slows the count. He wants everyone to have a chance to turn from their wickedness. However, let us not mistake God’s kindness for weakness. He will keep His promise. And on that day, a price will be paid. The time to come to repentance is now, while He is still counting.
And we pray:
Father, Thank You for Your mercy. You desire that no one perishes, but that all come to Christ. Thank You for the many opportunities You have given me to make the right choice. Thank You for not ending the count before I came to my senses. Amen.