Peter mentioned it in 1 Peter, reminding his readers they were no different than those long ago who made the same mistake. What is that mistake? It is the great mistake. The great gaffe. When human beings are told something is going to happen, and when it doesn’t in the timing in which they believe it should- doubt enters. When doubt enters, it grows to unbelief; reasoning the whole idea was fabricated and untrue. This is where mockery begins to rule, and what once was great concern, now is displayed as mockery. The danger of this mockery is it leads those who have embraced it, to take on the attitude of lets eat, and drink because tomorrow we are not dying. It was just a fabricated hoax. This is what happened to Noah as he was building the Ark. He warned the people, and since he had been warning for such a long period of time, the people finally grew to the point where they began to taunt Noah, and write him off as crazy- that was until the rain began to fall. Peter offers the same warning to his hearers. Telling them the patience of God should be looked upon as grace because of God’s great love for humanity. They like those in Noah’s day took it that God was merely bluffing, and nothing is going to happen.
We are still in our series “The Joy of Fearing God.” And this morning we will contemplate as our subject “The Patience of God.” The worse thing humanity can do is to take the grace of God and play with it. The question is “how?” How can we convince those around us that God is not playing, and that he means what he says. As we look into his word this morning, I pray it will inspire us to warn those in danger. Blessings.