The Day of Judgment – God is Patient – 2 Peter 3:8-12

The Day of Judgment – God is Patient – 2 Peter 3:8-12

Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, 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; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed.  Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness as you wait for the day of God and hasten its coming. (2 Peter 3:8-12)

Reflection:

Sometimes we think that God has forgotten or is slow to act. Peter here reminds us of the truth. God does not perceive time as we do. God is timeless while we are locked in time. God sees the past, present, and future altogether. So God is never worried or hurried; God does everything in his own time and at his own pace. God is patient and does not want anyone to perish. Therefore, God has not rushed the Day of Judgment. But neither will God put off the Day of Judgment forever. That day is in his mind and will come at its appointed time, neither one day too early nor one day too late. 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you that the Day of Judgment is in your mind already. When I become impatient, help me to remember that you have not forgotten the day of your appointment. Give me the patience to wait and the wisdom to prepare. 

Life Application:

The application is in the passage. We should be holy in all our conduct and wait for the Day of God. Each day God gives us is a day of progress toward the goal of holiness. We should work hard to grow in patience, kindness, grace, and love. Each step of progress on earth has meaning for our reward in the eternal kingdom. So don’t think that God has forgotten, for God never forgets. But make the most of each day God gives you.