THAT TIME – THE COOL OF THE DAY
Years ago there was a man that was well known to our family. He was a great man that God had used in our country. One day he told us that he had a certain quote written in the front of His diary. The quote simply said the following: ‘There are just two days in my life, THIS day and THAT day!’ He told us that he lived by this principle that there are only two days that really matter in our lives, today and that day when we will see the Lord. Life is compared to a day. It has a dawning or a birthing, it has a daytime period during the heat of the day and then it has an ending or a setting, usually flowing out of the cool of the day. When we are in the ‘heat of the day’ in our lives, it may feel like it will go on forever. The truth of the matter is that the ‘cool of the day’ can sometimes arrive quickly or unexpectedly.
Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…’
There are two things we can read into this phrase; ‘the cool of the day’.
1. God was very patient with them. He did not immediately deal with them, but he waited.
The Lord is very patient towards us.
2 Peter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slow to fulfil His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.’
Sometimes we can see God as this figure waiting to dish out flashes of lightning to deal with us. The Lord’s desire is that we would come to repentance before judgement is required.
James 2:13 ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment.’
2. The Lord did not abandon them, He still came to them.
Even though they had done wrong and God, being all-knowing, knew of the error of their ways, He still faithfully comes to them at exactly the same time in exactly the same way. We serve such a faithful Father and He is a Good, Good Father. In our situations, He does not abandon or leave us, but He comes to us.
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