Advent: Thursday Dec 8

2 Peter 3:1-10

This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles.

First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!” They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the godless.

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.

[The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

Questions

Do you find this concept of “God’s Time” (with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day) comforting or alarming? Why?

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2 comments

  1. I find it both comforting and alarming. Alarming because given Gods perspective prayers can go a long time without being answered. As an impatient human that can be disconcerting. But upon stepping back from the immediate I can often see a bigger picture and a reason for God’s “delay” that likely comes from God living with a different time perspective than we do.. It is comforting to know that God may not have the same reason to rush as we do. Conversely God can react very quickly if He/She so chooses and often does.

    Granted this does not address the issue of why some prayers are never answered but that is a long conversation for another day.

  2. It seems to me that all this talk about God’s time is an exhortation to us when we scoff at the notion of Christ’s return and spend our days only indulging our appetites. In short, we are being exhorted to “make the most of our days.” Merely counting our days seems a colossal waste of time. When I was in Africa, amongst people whose only sense of time is dawn and dusk, moons and seasons, it became clear to me that our concept of time is a construct of our making. I doubt God has any such construct. We would be well advised to follow our fellow African saints who simply concentrate on making the most of their days.

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