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Journey to Bethlehem Day 12

Thursday, December 10 2 Peter 3:8-18

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 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! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

The season of Advent should be a time of expectant waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth and the hope of His return. This year however, the pandemic has left many struggling with anxiety and restlessness. The repeated question has been, when is life going to get back to “normal”?

God is the creator of time and He sovereignly rules outside of it with divine intent. He has revealed a plan where at the perfect moment, all in our troubled world will meet Him face to face. Then we will fully understand and rest in perfect peace.

Our calling as disciples of Jesus is to remember that the things in this world are not as they seem. We must be alert and careful to avoid getting sucked into the world’s ideologies and affections. Our goal is to follow in the footsteps of Christ, being patient and steadfast in our faith as we wait for our sure rescue from this fallen world.

In this waiting, you can rejoice because He is coming for you, believer! This single truth should set our hearts ablaze with hope and thankfulness. He will set right the destruction caused by sin and deliver us out of this broken world.

The universe as we know it is going to be replaced with a new heaven and new earth where all the schemes of Satan will cease, and our new “normal” will be abundant life in the presence of our Lord forever!
Be encouraged as you wait dear Christian for God’s promises never fail.

Father, thank you that you have a perfect plan. Help us remember that You are always faithful, and our waiting is not in vain. May we grow stronger in our faith and the knowledge of you as we expectantly wait for your return. Amen.