OUR LORD WHO WAITS FOR US
In the model of redemption that the Lord our God set out for us, we first have the sacrifice of the Son of God for the propiciation of our sins.
This sacrifice can only be voluntarily accepted and thus the offer of salvation is made to us and we are subsequently saved if we believe and accept the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, part of the mechanism of redemption involves the Lord our God waiting for us to accept the offer of salvation.
Peter the Apostle explains the metaphor of the Lord waiting patiently for people to accept the offer to be saved by the ark of Noah when the flood approached. The door of the ark was left ajar to last minute to let any soul who changed their mind at the final moment to enter the ark.
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.
1 Peter 3 verse 18 - 20
The Lord waits patiently for us to make up our minds about whether we will believe Him or not.
Isaiah 30 verse 18 illustrates that God actively wants us to draw near to Him because He longs to be gracious and compassionate to us and thus He waits to give every possible opportunity to us to accept His offer of salvation.
So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.
- Isaiah 30 verse 18
This lovely passage expresses the symmetry of the Lord waiting for us to show us His love and us, waiting for the Lord to receive His blessings.
Bless the Lord our God.