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Pain and Faith
II Peter 3:8-15a
8-9Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.
10But when the Day of God's Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
11-13Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we'll hardly notice. We'll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
14-16So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master's patient restraint for what it is: salvation
I have often wondered why God has not come back yet. I have been in difficult times and hoped He would so I could be out of my own pain. I now realize that there are literally millions of people in this world who have yet to experience the love, mercy, and grace of Christ Jesus. He gave me an incredible gift, eternal life. It seems terribly shallow that I would have so little concern for others. Can I be so comfortable in my own salvation that I cannot wait a little while? I can only hope to live out the kind of life that Jesus has provided for me. All the while anticipating what he has in store for all of us who know Him. I want to be excitedly patient!
My Grandma passed away a few years ago at 84 years old. I spent a great deal of my youth living with her and my Grandpa. She had 10 children and lived a hard life. She also loved the Lord with all her heart. Grandma looked forward to the day when she would be in His presence. She spent many years praying for me so that I may come to know Him. Even though she was in pain she knew the importance of me having a relationship with Christ. God is faithful and brought me to salvation several years ago. She was thrilled. Just before she died I was visiting with her in the hospital. She had been in great pain and suffering for a long time. She knew it was time to go home with Jesus. Instead of being preoccupied with what was happening to her she asked me a selfless question. “Do you still love the Lord, Kevin? I was moved to think of all she was going through yet she still was concerned for my relationship with Christ. I always think of how Christ-like her concern was. She knew she was taken care of, she trusted her savior. Her concern was for my salvation.