The Bible makes it clear that we serve a patient God. II Peter 3:9 says that God is longsuffering (patient) with us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. While this is certainly a great promise, we need to be careful not to relax in it. God’s goal in His patience is our salvation; this patience does not mean that He doesn’t care about our sin.
When I share the gospel with people I often hear them admit that they need to change their lives, but when it comes down to it they will balk and say that God is supposed to be patient and forgiving. Many people have twisted this into thinking they can live however they want to in light of God’s patience.
That is why it is important to read the next verse. Verse 10 goes on to say that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, meaning that no one knows when Jesus will come again. Simply put, God is patient, but we don’t know when His patience will run out. So if you have been patient in getting your life right with the Lord, don’t delay. He might come as a thief tonight.