2 Peter 3:10-13
10 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 done in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Ok, I find this passage very, very intense, and it would be easy to read it and come away with a sense of doom. Yet when I think about it many of us over the last 18+ months of the pandemic maybe could identify at times with feelings of a loss of our world as we know it and a sense of impending disaster. Or maybe predictions of climate change disturb your peace. Yet I feel that this passage in the midst of those images and feelings, brings glimpses of hope that we can cling to.
Verse 11 speaks of a life we can choose to live in spite of circumstances and verse 13 speaks of the faith and Hope that we can have in God, that this world and this life are not the end. Hope for now and hope for the future. I don’t believe this passage calls us to ignore the disasters, rather I think it calls us to live with Hope in spite of them.
Jesus, I thank you that you are by my side through good times and bad times. Lord help me stay hopeful when things are bad and help me to walk each day trusting in you first above everything else. Lord take my fears and replace them with your peace. In Your mighty name I pray. Amen
Written by Christine Knight