Wednesday, December 05, 2007

2 Peter 3:1-10

Most of this concluding chapter of 2 Peter is devoted to the second coming of Jesus Christ. The emphasis of today's reading is that Christians should not get impatient waiting for this event but maintain our steadfast belief that this event will happen. It may not happen in the short time we are on this planet, but it will happen.

In verses 8 and 9 of today's reading is a favorite line of mine. "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Peter's comments in these verses answered the question the addressees were contemplating, why was the Lord delaying the second coming, the judgment day, so long? Peter offered us two reasons in these verses.

The first reason is God does not count time as people do. God is above and outside the sphere of time. Time truly is relative, and God sees all of eternity - past and future. God may have been seen as slow to act to the believers Peter is addressing as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But remember, God is not slow to act, he just does not operate under our, human, timetable.

The second reason Peter gives was God's patience. He wants as many people to come to faith as possible so he does not have to see souls die. Thus, God is not slow at all, he is acting out of love for us by giving us time to repent.

None of us know when we will meet Jesus. The thought of it can be very exciting yet very frightening at the same time. Compared to eternity, none of us has very much time in this life. What can I do, what can you do, to less the frightening feeling and elevate the exciting feeling?

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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