Tag: God’s patience
Scripture reading for October 21st: 2nd Peter 3
Key Scriptures: 2nd Peter 3:1-4 “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Peter’s final warning in this second letter and last chapter was an appeal to remember the prophetic predictions of God’s holy prophets and His apostles. If we don’t stay focused on God’s Word and the truth He revealed in Jesus Christ, it will be easy to be led astray. Unbelief will be encouraged by the scoffers in the church of the end times. They will ask mockingly about Christ’s promised return and then point to all those men and women who have died already in faith. To their natural mind, it looks like nothing has changed–or will change! They neglect the warning of the whole counsel of God. The flood of Noah’s day stands as a clear warning that God’s Word is true and things can change in a single day! God’s promised final judgment of the earth and the wicked will be by fire. Don’t scoff!
2nd Peter 3:5-7 “For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the Word of God, and by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same Word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, give me discernment for the voices that are speaking today, even in the church. Lead me in truth daily by Your Word and the Holy Spirit, recognizing the late hour we are living in and Your sure promises to judge the wicked and the earth by fire. Deliver me from the scoffer and the false prophets!
2nd Peter 3:11-12 “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the Day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!”
Scripture reading for December 19th: 2nd Peter 1-3
In the last days, people will mock and scoff at God, accusing Him of not being there at all. “God is dead” was popular some time back among the scoffers in America. Others claim to be agnostics, not sure if there is a God at all and skeptical that man can even know Him. Others, having the desire to completely eliminate God from their thinking, ignore history and the Bible and degrade anyone who would believe in the Creator and the prophetic warnings of coming judgment on those who refuse to believe.
“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. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:8-9) God’s not hung up on time like we humans are. He has always been and will always be. Time for Him is not limited, but limitless! God is not slow in keeping His promise to come back for us, but He is patient with all mankind. He wants all to have opportunity to be saved. He knows that all who fail to repent will perish in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:14-15)
God has great patience, even with those who are mocking Him and scoffing at His word. He is working out His plans, which are established forever. He has told mankind of His plans through the prophets of Old Testament time and in these last days through His own Son, Jesus Christ. We can trust the word of God and should be living as if what God has said will come to pass!
“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 in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people out you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” (2nd Peter 3:10-12) God’s patience will eventually give way to fulfillment of His promises. Will you be found ready and living for Him or among the scoffers?