In The Word
Read: 2 Peter 3:1-10
The Day of the Lord
3 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
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Walking In The Word
The Lord is coming back! Yes, He is! How do we know this? Because He said He is. Many people mock and laugh at this declaration. They look at how time has continued to tick and feel certain that it always will. These mockers view time in years; God views the beginning of time, as we know it, until now in days. Consider this: in God’s eyes, the earth is less than a week old. We have a hard time (no pun intended) understanding this because we are so limited by time. However, we are encouraged to stretch our understanding to look at things from God’s prospective instead of our limited prospective.
What is God’s prospective? King Yahshua is coming back to receive His own and to destroy the earth by fire. The only thing holding Him back is our Father’s compassion and love for humanity. He desires for all people to be saved from the coming judgment.
We have been saved from this coming destruction and must be reminded that, though it tarries, it is coming. We have a responsibility to warn others. This is why we must share our faith with those around us. If we are not careful, we can get caught up in thinking He’s not coming. That’s why we must stir our minds to be ready at all times, and we must strive to do our best to get others ready as well. Though His promise has tarried some, it doesn’t mean it will tarry much longer. When mockers yell out, “He’s not coming,” we must yell out, “Look up, He is on His way!”