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. –2 Peter 3:10 NIV
In his second book, Peter turns our eyes forward to the long-promised return of Jesus Christ. However, instead of bringing peace, forgiveness, and salvation, His second appearance will be a harbinger of sudden, swift, and sure judgment.
This description isn’t unique to Peter. The Old Testament contains more than twenty references to this future event when God promises to eradicate sin. In this fearful and terrible moment, the world and all the things that humanity values so much will burn away, and in their place, God will set up new heavens and a new earth that will be inhabited by all that is good, holy, and righteous (2 Peter 3:13).
As believers, this is the promise that we eagerly await! The work that Jesus began on the Cross will be completed at His second coming by delivering us from the wrath of God and granting us rest in His eternal Kingdom.
So let’s join not only our voices together in worship, but bring our minds, hearts, and activities in submission to Christ and do just as Peter instructed, “to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (2 Peter 3:11-12 NIV).
- Jesus, remind me of Your promised return, and help me know that You will set all things right.
- God, help me know that what I see with my eyes is not all there is. Help me trust what You said and live for You today.