2 Peter 3:8-10

And just like that, our four week study is over! God had SO much to say to us as we finished both 1 & 2 Peter. Here’s last night’s notes from Gayle’s teaching on 2 Peter 3:
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:8-10‬‬
Peter knows his death is imminent and he’s giving his all to try to stimulate their thinking so that they remember and pay attention to the truths of God’s Word!
It is God alone who made the world and He holds it all together! So often, in our finite minds, we put God in a box and attribute to Him our limitations, but God is bigger than anything our minds can conceive. A day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day. Our God’s timing is perfect!
The scoffers (false teachers) were denying the second coming of God, but they didn’t understand God’s incredible mercy. God is long suffering, extremely patient, He won’t come back one minute earlier than planned because He wants to give everyone a chance to know and follow Him. He SO loved the world that He doesn’t want anyone to perish.
We can get so tired of the trials and difficulties that this life brings, but these verses gives us a peek at God’s heart and perspective. We’re ready for God to come back NOW, but this period of waiting could mean that our family, our friends, and loved ones will be brought to salvation. Thank God for his mercy!!
And while we now understand that God has a perfect timetable for His return, we also need to recognize that it truly could come at any moment! Are we living like that? Are we redeeming the precious time that we have left here by asking God for forgiveness and keeping short accounts with Him? Are we loving the lost and praying without ceasing for them?
A favorite Susie Dowds quote is this: “we don’t study God’s Word to get smarter, we study God’s Word to know Him better”. Girls, don’t you feel that this study has brought us all another step closer in this journey of knowing God more? This isn’t the time for laziness and apathy, it’s a time for expectancy so that we finish this race well! Revival begins with us!!