From Pastor Rodney Hubbs, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in McMechen

Read 2 Peter 3:8-15a

     But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.
    The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
    Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?  But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.  Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

(NRSV)

 

            Can we remember how hard it was to wait for Christmas morning when we were children?   It seemed like an eternity, with our parents telling us to be “good” or we would get coal in our stockings.  It was hard to be “good” that long.

            Sometimes when we see all the troubles and trials around us we tend to think that the world is coming to an end.   However, in 2 Peter 3:8 he tells us that a thousand years is like a day to our Lord.   We need to realize that our God is a very loving and patient God.   He wants everyone to repent and come to Him.  

            Just like the children waiting in anticipation for Christmas, so should we be waiting in anticipation for the Lord’s second coming.   We need to tell everyone about our Lord and Savior and live our lives in a manner that the world will know that we are God’s children.

God, grant us patience while we wait our Lord’s second coming.   

 

 

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