We live in an age of speed. We want to do things fast. With fitness, we want to look different in six weeks. With success, the wonderful new me should make people turn their heads in a month as the bank balance grows. Which is fine, nobody is against it, as long as we remember that not all things are fast.
# The Bible tells us God is sometimes very slow.
If God is slow, how slow? An example is: almost right after creation, in the Garden of Eden, God gave a promise. It was when the serpent convinced Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Because of the serpent’s deceit, God promised him in Genesis 3:15, ‘…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he [Jesus] will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’
NB! Note how God addresses the serpent, because it is Satan who spoke through the serpent. Satan is the addressee.
# God’s ‘slowness’ in action
- The promise to crush the head of the ‘serpent’ came true about 4,000 years later, ‘…when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman….’ 1
- Jesus crushed Satan’s head on the Cross. It was a crushing defeat for the devil, ‘And having disarmed the powers and authorities [Satan and his angels], He [Jesus] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross.’ 2
# Why did God take so long?
- Genesis 3:15 is an example of how God promises and delivers.
- The slowness came in because God wants to highlight the importance of the ‘Seed of the woman,’ Jesus.
- God doesn’t just talk, He demonstrates over thousands of years that He is a real God. He accomplishes His goals in historical events.
- God’s Word is powerful and active. It accomplishes what it is sent out to do.3 We can trust God, even if He gives us personal promises in Scripture.
2 Peter 3:13 reminds us, ‘…in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.’ We can rest assured that God will fulfil His promise of the new heaven and earth, in time, in history. We can look forward to our new home where we will see God’s face continually.
- Galatians 4:4
- Colossians 3:15