As I was reading today’s advent meditation, I noticed two similar ideas arising from Psalm 85 and 2 Peter 3. From the Psalm verse 9 came
“Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him.”
And from 2 Peter verse 15 came
“Regard the patience of the Lord as salvation.”
What I noticed about both of these verses is that they follow verses that have to do with peace. In the Psalm, God speaks his peace while his salvation is at hand, but not yet. And in Peter, waiting for the Lord and striving to be at peace happens as we regard God’s patience as salvation.
I understand this to mean that peace is a part of waiting on God. Too often, we grow impatient with God’s seeming failure to act. Yet here we are told that his lack of action is patience and our very salvation. So, waiting for God in patient peace is really a way of saying “yes” to our own salvation.