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11-25-10 HighQuest 2 Peter 3:4-12

November 25, 2010

The passage I read was 2 Peter 3:4-12
You can find that passage here:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Peter%203:4-12&version=NIV

My summary of the passage is this:
Speaking of the rapture, Peter says that some people have acted impatient saying “where is this ‘coming’ you speak of” regarding Christ’s return. He reminds the people that with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. So God is not being slow to keep his promise by any means. Instead, peter offers that the Lord doesn’t desire that any should perish and thus is giving us as much time as possible for repentance. He goes on to say the Lo0rd will come like a thief (which is to say it would be when you least expect it) and at that point everything will be made obvious (or, “laid bare”). After having stated this fact, Peter then gives the guideline by which we should live knowing He could come at any time. “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming”

As I reflect:
It seems too often by even once placing an expectation for God to do “our will” in “our timing”. Here we are reminded to be patient and to also be doers of the word mean while. We are not told to be idle in our patient anticipation, but rather to be holy and godly. We are given a great manual on the how to’s behind being holy and godly (the Bible) and even a guide along the way in case we misunderstand the word (the Holy Spirit). In that manual we are told that we have a great commission – which is to bring the Gospel truth to every nation tongue and tribe (some believe this may have already occurred – but I believe that we have new persons entering this world by the thousands every day as old persons exit this world by the thousands every day). We have a job to do and being as God doesn’t will anyone to perish, I’d say it’s safe to say he goes with us to do this will of sharing the Gospel. I personally want to be doing His will on the day He returns for me. I want to be trying to help others keep from perishing by clinging to the Lord’s grace on the day that He returns as a thief. I want to be living holy and godly as I look forward to the day of God and I want to be part of helping it to occur sooner then later.

My response to the Lord:
Lord God, I thank you for sharing your will that none should perish through your word with me. I am thankful for this word you provided that I wouldn’t be aimless in my attempts to follow you. I am thankful that you have given me your Holy Spirit here with me so that my efforts would be multiplied and so that I might be triumphant by your power over the enemy. You are so good to us Lord.. You are so patient. I am thankful for your shining example given that I might know my faults and aim to improve by your grace alone. May I be more patient as you have me waiting now on employment. May I learn to love more as I hear of other’s pain and hurt (whether they openly confess this or not). May you bless my enemies as I forgive them Lord. I believe your saving grace is so often best demonstrated in your unconditional love that calls all to come to repentance and be saved. May I reflect this love more and more and Lord please remove in me more and more that thing which causes me to judge when I should love; to turn away when I should accept; to grow angry when I should forgive. More of you and less of me Holy Father. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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