Friday, February 27, 2009

2 Peter 3:1-9 "The Day of the Lord, Part 1"

Read 2 Peter 3:1-9.

"He is patient with you,...." NIV
So often it seems that we go day in and day out, continuing in the same things, the same way. Disasters happen, wars continue, people are born and people die. The stock market rises and falls, the politicians make promises. You go to work, pick up your kids from school, make supper, go to bed and then do it all over again tomorrow. (I sound like a real cynic, but I'm not. There's a point to this.) Life can seem like we are going in a circle that will never end, so why doesn't the Lord just come now and end the drudgery?

I remember when my Mom slipped into a coma three days before she passed away. I wondered, "What now? Lord, just take her. She's already gone from this world." But we were still waiting on my brother to arrive. There was still grieving to do. Still goodbyes to be said. There were still reasons for her to be there -- maybe ones we will never know -- but her days were not finished.

In the same way, God is not finished with this world. There are still people to reach for His kingdom. The one who spoke this world into existence has a reason for it to continue, so we must make the most of the time that is left. Yes, we still go to work and do all the other things that make up our day, but we can touch people's lives while we are doing it. We can love with the love of God -- His Spirit flowing through us if we only allow Him. So many are hurting and we are the only ones who know the Truth of hope. In the meantime, we trust the timing of the One who knows no time. His ways are higher than our ways. 

Further Thoughts: 
  1. Research other passages on "time" and "God's patience."
  2. Do you feel purposeless while you wait for God's return? Are you loving people? Do you have a ministry? Our joy comes through serving the Lord. How are you serving?
  3. Watch this video by Brandon Heath, "Give Me Your Eyes." 

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