Duration: 365 days
WHY GOD WAITS
Peter writes a second letter to the same people to whom he wrote 1 Peter. God wants us to know that he has given us everything we need for life and for godliness. Incredibly, he wants us to share in his divine nature. Every time we obey, we obey because God is working within us. And through God within us, we are to “make every effort” to pursue godliness (2 Peter 1:5–8).
Peter knows that he is going to die soon, and he wants believers to cling to what’s true after he is gone. Jesus is the fulfillment of all that the prophets have pointed to; Peter even saw Jesus’ transfiguration himself. As we live in the interim before Jesus returns, we can look at the Old Testament Scriptures and be reminded of God’s promises and be encouraged that he will keep them, just as he has already kept those about Jesus and his first coming.
Peter warns of the dangerous false teachers in the church. They slyly introduce false ideas, even denying Jesus. We are to look out for them.
The day of the Lord is coming. Because God works on his own timetable, it will come like a thief. God will judge the world, purifying it by fire. We are to wait patiently for that day, look forward to the new heaven and the new earth, tell people about God’s great love and live blamelessly.
The King’s Heart
Life in this broken world can hurt so deeply that we cry out from the depths of our souls, “Jesus, why haven’t you come back yet?”
God answers through Peter. “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).
“I am waiting because I want more people to know me.”
When our hearts ache for Jesus to come and set things right, we must remember our friends and family members who don’t know him yet. God is patiently waiting, holding off on ushering in his perfect world so that our loved ones—and loved ones we don’t even know we will love—can come home to be with him forever.
The believers to whom Peter was writing may have been facing an early form of Gnosticism, which taught that physical matter is bad and that which is spiritual is good. Gnosticism taught that “higher” and secret spiritual knowledge is necessary for salvation. Peter combats these lies by reminding believers that God “has given us everything we need for a godly life” (2 Peter 1:3). Everything God’s people need to know is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
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