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The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NIV

Despite the grammatical and writing errors you'll likely find in these devotions, I use some writing tools. One of the writing tips I frequently receive is to be more specific when using words like "many, few, several, etc." The word "someday" could also fall into that category. Merriam-Webster defines it simply as "at some future time."

While there is debate on when and who authored 2 Peter, it is likely between 60-68 AD. In the closing, the author addresses the doubt of when the day of the Lord will come. It had been 30 years since Christ's ascension Roman oppression was still the rule of the day, and followers of The Way were being persecuted. 

To non-believers, this was a reason to reject Christ's message. The author says," You must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, 'Where is this 'coming' he promised?'" (v. 3-4)

The scoffers failed to realize that it was by the Father's grace that Christ had not returned. God desires that all come to repentance and none would perish. 

As Christians, we are not to be tempted by the words of doubt of the scoffers but to cling to what we know is true, and witness to others. Though we don't know when that "someday" will come, we believe in Christ's promise, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3)

He may come in our lifetime, or it may be centuries from now. However, we know with absolute certainty that Christ will return. We aver our faith in this promise each Sunday in the communion liturgy: "Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again." 

With that foreknowledge, we wait in anticipation for that someday. But we wait in action, in preparation. We are "to live holy and godly lives" (v.11). We live in the promise of that knowledge, so whenever that day comes, we are ready. We are to "'make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him" (v. 14). That effort extends to sharing the message of hope and the love of Christ with those who may scoff. 

Father God, we come today confessing we don't understand your timing. Our perception of time is based on our lifespans, but to you, "a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day" (v. 8). Grant patience to those who doubt Christ's return. May their hearts be softened, that they may recognize the signs and accept you. Lord, help us hold fast to the truth. You are our Creator, and Your Word is timeless. Heavenly Father, as that someday of Christ's return draws closer, may we be spotless in thought, word, deed, and motive. Help us by the Holy Spirit to live blamelessly before Your face. In your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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