If you want to learn about God’s patience, take a look at science. Scientists have created a concept they call the cosmic calendar. On this calendar, January 1st at 12 AM is the beginning of existence and today is December 31st, 12 PM. If you were to condense all of existence into this one year calendar, scientists would estimate every month to be about 1 billion years long. That’s nearly 40 million years for every day. On this scale, all of recorded history—everything we’ve ever written down—has only been happening in the last seconds of that calendar.
Peter saw God’s patience as one day being like a thousand years. By scientific standards, Peter could have said that one day for God is like 40 million years. With this knowledge, you can truly feel the prayer of the Psalmist:
O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! (Ps 39:4-5)
Likewise, in the light of science, James’ words now strike a chord like never before: “you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (Jam 4:14). Of course, from the grand scientific view, breath and mist are hardly comparable to just how little we are in the light of God’s patience.
This is an excerpt from my book, A Taste of Jesus.