Posts Tagged ‘Day of the Lord


The Lord’s Patience

One of the hardest things about being human is learning to be patient. It’s hard to wait. From the time we’re little and can first utter those words, “Are we there yet,” we don’t like to be patient. When it comes to Heaven, we turn into those little kids. “Are we there yet?” We look around our world and know that the answer is, “No.” What could God be waiting for? Peter wrote these words:

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. – 2 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

I know that God wants to spend eternity with us – that’s why He sent His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment on the cross. I also know that He is patiently waiting for so many more to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Every day that passes is another chance for one more to say, “I believe.” May we learn to be patient as the Lord is patient. Let us share the love of God with everyone we meet so that they will join us on the day of Christ’s return.

A Day Of Rejoicing

In 2 Peter 3, the apostle Peter wrote about the coming Day of the Lord. He describes that day as coming like a thief. In other words, no one will expect it when it arrives. He also said that the universe and the earth will be cleansed with fire. Everything in this present order of things will be laid bare. Then, something awesome will happen. Peter wrote:

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. – 2 Peter 3:13 (NIV)

God will create a new universe, including a new earth and this will be unlike the present one. The universe in which we now live has been tainted and marred by sin and unrighteousness. The new heavens and earth will be free from sin. The enemy will be done away with forever as he is sent to his eternal punishment. There will be no more sin, hurt or pain caused by the enemy. Instead, everything will be made whole and everything will be restored. We will dwell with God and be His people forever. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

God’s Concept Of Time

When it comes to the Day of the Lord, the day when Jesus will return, the Bible says that it will happen “soon.” How can that be? It’s been nearly 2,000 years since Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father in Heaven. We long for His appearing so we can leave behind the sin, pain and sorrow of this world. And yet Jesus seems so slow in coming. We wonder what is taking so long. Peter wrote:

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. – 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

God’s schedule is not our schedule. His timing is not our timing. His ways are higher than our ways. What seems like forever to us has only been a little less than two days to Him. God’s purpose for delaying the return of His Son may not be understood to us, but His plans are greater than ours. Our job is to trust Him and have faith that He knows what He’s doing. We will be with Him soon and in the meantime, let us learn to patiently enjoy His presence in our lives here on earth before we enter into His presence in Heaven.

Where Is Jesus?

The return of Jesus is something with which Christians are fascinated. When is He coming back? When will we see His second coming? We’re like little children saying, “What’s taking so long?” Peter says that as we get closer to His return, there will be those who mock Jesus and doubt it. Peter wrote:

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.” – 2 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

They’re right, you know? Things have been going on as normal since the beginning of the world. Jesus said that that’s how things would be going. In Luke 17, Jesus said that things would be going on as normal on the day of His return. Don’t listen to the scoffers who say that Jesus was lying about His return. Instead, be prepared. Be ready because we don’t know the day of His coming. That way, when He does return, you won’t be caught off guard and you won’t be left out in the darkness.

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