August 6, 2021
Scripture: But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9 ESV
Observation: In these closing remarks of Peter’s last letter to the church, he addresses a concern that some were voicing: when and if Christ’s return would occur. In particular, certain scoffers were mocking prophecy about the end times (verses 3-4) and encouraging Christians to ditch their faith and follow a hedonistic lifestyle (2:12-16). Instead, Peter reminds fellow believers that God spoke the earth and all of its life-forms into existence and will one day (without notice) cleanse it of the ill effects of sin and renew heaven and earth (verses 7 and 10).
Takeaway: Peter provides the application: patiently wait for Christ’s return, exercising diligence, purity of heart, and peace toward others (verse 14). But it’s so hard to be patient—even as adults. That’s why Peter encourages us to “count the patience of the Lord as salvation” (verse 15). In other words, when you struggle with life in our fallen world and wish that it would just come to an end, keep reminding yourself that you have benefited from God’s patience—and future generations will as well. And while exercising patience, “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (verse 18).
Prayer: Father God, you are patient and longsuffering. Therefore, please help us to grow in grace and knowledge of you and your Word and exercise patience toward ourselves and others as peacemakers for your kingdom. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling