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Time – Slow or Fast? (Psalm 119:84)

How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? Psalm 119:84
  I have often said that there seems to be a big difference between growing up and growing old. When you are young and looking to the future time seems to move fairly slowly. When you get older and reflect on your life it seems as though the time has flown by!   In a similar way, when we are burdened by the challenges of life days can seem like they will never end. We may wonder: How long can this trial last? How long will my life last? When will all the evil in this world come to a stop?   The psalmist is contemplating the length of his own life. How long will he have to endure this suffering? He is also wondering how long before the Lord brings His judgment on the wicked.   As believers we must remember that our suffering on this earth is insignificant compared to the eternal blessings we will receive when we are glorified. We must also remember that the wicked may prosper in this life and cause untold harm, but one day their suffering will begin, and it will last forever.  
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:3–9
  Peter continues by reminding God’s children of the blessed hope they have:  
But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13
  Take heart, Christian, this day will be here before you know it and there will be no more wickedness where the righteous dwell!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58