We Wait

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2 PETER 3:11-18

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.

Reflection

What do you usually do while you’re waiting on someone or something? Sit and watch TV? Busy yourselves in routine, unimportant matters? Talk on the phone?

While the word “wait” is used multiple times in the above passage, it does not imply a meaningless time of anxiety, fear or busyness. Rather, as Rev. Chip Blackshear writes, “we also learn from Peter that we are not to just wait around for Jesus to return. We are to ‘be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.’ We are to live ‘lives of holiness and goodness.’ And we are to ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’ ”

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