Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 3
I don’t know about you, but these days I really wonder why God puts up with all the evil going on in our world! Every day the news reports more injustice, more immorality, more sickness, more violence, more … crazy! When will it be enough so that God will finally say, “That’s it! I will contend with you no more!”
Well, in Chapter 3 of 2 Peter, the apostle tells us in no uncertain terms what will happen in “the day of the Lord.” It will come like a thief, meaning we will not expect it.
2 Peter 3:10
The heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
Yes, please, I say! Come today, Lord Jesus! But that is selfish me. That is me, happy that my husband, my daughter and son-in-law, my son (in heaven), my mom and her husband, my dad (in heaven) and his wife, and most of my friends have a saving relationship with Jesus. My heart celebrates those saved, and I really don’t want to endure the crazy of this world any longer!
But God (my favorite phrase in the Bible) is not so selfish! Peter says in Verse 9 that “the Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise [to return], as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but he wants everyone to repent.”
Read that again. He wants everyone to repent. I looked it up on Lexico.com and the synonyms for everyone are:
Everybody, every person, each person, each one, each and every one, all, one and all, all and sundry, the whole world, the world at large, the public, the general public, people everywhere, every Tom, Dick, and Harry, every man jack, every mother’s son
That’s not just the people I like, or those who I think deserve eternity with Jesus. It means everyone!
I love that about God, especially because he didn’t decide he was fed up with humanity before 1994, when I came to faith in Christ, or before 2008 when my daughter came to faith in Christ. There are people I love who still don’t know Jesus, so I’m happy that God hasn’t decided he’s done with our mess yet!
Peter goes on to say that since we know that the world will be destroyed in this way, how now shall we live? In Verse 14, he says we should “make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.” How are you doing with that? I have some work to do!
What do you need to do to live a life that is pure and blameless? How are you praying for your friends and relatives who do not know Jesus?
If there is an area of your life that does not honor God, ask a trusted friend to help you honor God in that place.
Heavenly Father, how I thank you for your patience with me! Give me your heart in this matter, that I would celebrate your patience with the people in our world who still do not know you. Help me feel an urgency to share your love with them. I know it is your desire that they come to know you, and how will they if I do not tell them? Give me the courage and the opportunity to share your love for them, that they would come into a relationship with you. Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.
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