2 Peter 3:1-10 – October 17
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
2 Peter 3:1-10 – The Day of the Lord
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Make the Most of the Time I Have | Becky Newman
2 Peter 3:9
Peter’s audience needs encouragement; evidently they are having a trust problem. Peter’s goal with this pep talk, from verse 1, is to stimulate wholesome thinking. In other words, they need to stop their griping because it’s breeding yuck. The Bible is very clear that we will not know the timing of Jesus’ return, but that doesn’t mean God’s forgotten us. He is a Good God, and Peter’s verse here is a perspective-changer in the right direction. We need to make the most of our time in this world to help in God’s goal of bringing as many as we can to repentance.
My God is good, patient, and merciful. He loves me and humanity so much that He desires as many of us who will choose to accept His love to join Him for eternity. My griping and poor attitude need to stop! I need to make the most of the time You’ve given me to help You “save the world!” Your goal is my goal.
Show me, Lord, how to make the most of my time to serve You and Your goal. Thank You for being good, patient, merciful, and ever-loving!
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