Daily Reading: 9-13-16
2 Peter 3:8-13 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
What do you look forward to each day? I look forward to enjoying relationships because that is what I value the most. In our passage, today, I notice God values relationships so much that he wants everyone saved. I am amazed by the intensity of God’s mercy. Yet, I am aware from reading our text that his eternal judgment will be severe. We need to be ready by accepting salvation in Christ.
2 Peter 3:8-13
8 Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day. 9 The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
10 The day of the Lord’s return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are.
11 Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live. 12 You should look forward to the day when God judges everyone, and you should try to make it come soon. On that day the heavens will be destroyed by fire, and everything else will melt in the heat. 13 But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. We are really looking forward to that!
Prayer: Lord, help me to live with eternity in mind. Holy Spirit, help me to reach out into all my relationships and encourage every person to be ready to meet you and to inhabit the new earth filled with justice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.