I Know I Will See the Savior!
A New Earth – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14
Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:13
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
In tomorrow’s devotional I am looking forward to focusing on that day when we will walk on a new earth. But before that happens, let’s back up and look at the preliminaries of that event.
Second Peter, chapter three starts by reminding us that people will come who laugh at the idea of the second coming of Jesus. They will ask questions to create doubt of God’s promises. These scoffers will say that the promised return has been preached a long time, “Where is He (Jesus), if He is coming again?” Peter reminds them and us that God doesn’t exist within the boundaries of time. It has not been “a long time,” in a world of eternity that God lives in. The apostle reminds us that the appointed time is set and these days of waiting are “days of patience” on God’s part. God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on the new world He is preparing.
But when that appointed moment comes, of which only the Father in heaven knows, Jesus will return. It will be like a thief in the night, an unexpected event for the unrepentant. The heavens will disappear, the atmosphere will be destroyed, and the earth will be laid bare.
The Apostle Peter then asked a logical question: “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? For clarity, Peter gives the answer: We “ought to live holy and godly lives.” Are you?
Father, I’m so glad for the hope you have given me. I face the future with confidence because of the gift you’ve given through Jesus Christ our Savior. In His Name, amen.