Saturday, April 18, 2009
Understand What Will Happen In The Last Days
Peter wanted his readers to know that God is faithful to His promises. One promise He wanted them to know is that Jesus will come back again for the final judgment day.
We know what will happen in the last days...or at least we should. People will laugh at you when you tell them about Jesus and the judgment day. They will not accept the truth. I see people like that now. "Well if Jesus is coming, where is He?" "When is He coming?" and worst of all, "There is no God!" I know sometimes people think that if there were a God that everything in the world would be peachy keen. Since things are not peachy keen, they believe there couldn't be a God. I feel sorry for them on judgment day when it will be too late.
The Lord is really patient. He wiped the world out once with a flood that covered the whole world. This time He is being patient I'd say since I see all kinds of sin in the world. I think of those that are still coming to the Lord today. God does not want anyone to be lost. So He waits. We may think it is a long time, but Peter says that time means nothing to God. I believe that in heaven since there is no darkness, there is not night, only day. Therefore, a day equals eternity and eternity equals a day. We will not need sleep in heaven. Right now I could use some extra sleep, but that is because of this weak body my soul is in. When we go to heaven, we will have glorified bodies like Jesus. There will be no more sickness, pain, tears, sadness, or weakness. All I have to say about that is, "Let me trade in this old body now."
If you are wondering what kind of person you should be while you wait for the Lord's judgment day, Peter says you should be living a holy life and be serving God. Why, because you do not want to be in the group of people who are destroyed by fire. So wait, because God promised a new heaven and a new earth where goodness will live. If you are sick of seeing all the sin in the world, wait. God has patience, shouldn't His children too?
While we are waiting for our Lord's return, we should do our best to be without sin and without fault. Notice it says do our best, not be without sin and fault. We will still occasionally fail, but we have a Savior who forgives us and pleads with the Father for us while we are transformed into the holy servant of God. Are you not there yet? Neither am I. However, we are being transformed. I am not the same person I was the day I was saved, are you? We continue to grow into what God made us for.
Peter talks about those who do not understand Paul's teaching; they are ignorant and weak in their faith. So they will teach others falsely. They will claim to be Christians, but because of their ignorance and lack of faith (which I believe is because they do not read their Bibles, seek, and ask for God's wisdom) they will be teaching others the wrong things. Little do they know they are destroying themselves by doing this.
So Peter leaves us with a warning to be careful we do not fall away from our strong faith because of those people who are ignorant and weak in faith. Instead, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Father God, I thank You that some day Your Son will come for His bride the church. Prepare all of us for that day Lord. I pray that none would stray and become lost again because of lack of patience waiting for Jesus to return. Keep our faith strong in Your truths. Give us wisdom to know Your right truths and not fall for any lies given to us by false teachers.
For those who are sick Lord and have been waiting for healing, help them not to lose hope. Even if they are not healed here, You will give them a new body in heaven that will not have sickness and need healing. If nothing else Lord, let that be their hope in You.
Lord, we wait patiently for that day. We want it to be in Your timing, not ours. You are the God who created the earth and all that is in it. You know when the right time is. We trust in You. We wait on You. While we wait we continue to do our best to be without sin and fault and serve You alone God. Thank You for your patience with us Lord.
Transform us now Lord into the beings You created us to be. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
In God's Love,