I’m a big NLT and Message guy when it comes to my preferred translation or transliteration or whatever other educated word a Bible college graduate is supposed to use. Mainly because I think God want’s more than anything humanity to actually be able to understand and relate to all the things He had people write in that book.
37 years of Bible and yes dear reader I can safely say that even though I am just 37 years old, mainly because I know my parents and I know where I was the first Sunday after I was born. 37 years of Bible and I can still say that I have no clue about some things. I don’t get why you would think it was important to put all those geneologies in. I don’t understand how God who is a God of Love and Long-suffering, a friend to sinners in the New Testament would decide it was a great idea to put in the Old Testament full of what seems to be violence and aggression toward sinners. I will never begin to try and explain why Revelation is in the Bible, or why in the middle of all the destruction that is the Old Testament there would be the need to include an entire book about a man who tried to get away from the specific call that God placed on him because he didn’t like the people God was trying to save, even harder to understand is how God could save them when he did only to destroy them later on anyway. All of these things are hard enough to understand without adding in some antiquated verbiage and language that I have to have the Oxford old world Dictionary next to me to understand. I’m no slouch when it comes to stuff I kow, J will ask me some obscure reference and for some reason I can give her the answer. I wish this had worked to my advantage in school but hey whatever it takes. Anyway I say all that to say I love reading NLT and the Message it makes sense and I really recommend them to you, especially if you have a hard time focusing on regular reading of scripture.
Most of the time these translations or transliterations or whatever render different verses in different ways. Same meaning different ways of saying them. There is however one verse that has almost the same wording no matter what version you find it in.
2 Peter 3:8 (New International Version, ©2010)
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3:8 (New Living Translation)
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
2 Peter 3:8 (The Message)
The Day the Sky Will Collapse
8 Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day.
2 Peter 3:8 (King James Version)
8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
What’s the point. Simple. I hate having to wait on God to catch up with me. Hear me out. I get it God is always on time and I understand that if you read on in this same passage you find that God is not late in His promises.
Several years ago God put a call on my life, like many people I fought that call for a while, then embraced it and then messed it up by trying to be the one that called me. I don’t mean that I wanted people to write songs about me and sing them to me, what I mean is I put myself into this position where I was doing things for God so much, this place where I had to fix things, where I had to be the one that handled the problems that popped up, mainly because I was the one that God called, me Aaron the “man of God.” God gave me a helper like he promised he would and I left her out of it, God put me in great places where I could learn and grow and be supported and help support others, I decided that I had to be the man, God put up blocks, He put people in my way, He drew and drew and drew me, finally he gave me some rope. I ended up flat on my back without much hope of being able to fulfill the calling that so long ago had been given.
See I had been so busy doing things for God that I left God out. I was a one man Spiritual Talos. Don’t know who he is? That’s him do a Google search. He was so strong and so great but he had a weakness that he didn’t even understand.
So here I am years later, finally ready and willing to be the Man that God called me to be, not the man that has so much to offer but the man that God made and gave talents and abilities to. It’s been a long journey, not a thousand years but a long one none the less and I have to say that as I sit here waiting to hear about how this calling can still be fulfilled I hate waiting, I hate God’s time. I don’t have a thousand years, shoot I dont feel like I have a thousand seconds. That’s the thing. along with realizing that God’s promises are not late, and realizing that His gifts and callings are without repentance, I still have that human side that says, hurry up.
If you’re reading this and you are a Christ follower do me a favor and pray that God will allow me to have a calm about where things stand. Pray that the door opens and that I get to go through it.
I have always said that God gives us the desires of our heart when they finally line up with what He wants for us. I believe with all that is in me that I am finally moving closer and closer to those things being the same, and while I don’t think anyone will ever really achieve that state until we shuffle off this mortal coil, I believe with His grace and mercy we can get pretty darn close.