Have you ever wondered why this wicked world is still here? Why hasn’t God destroyed it and brought in the new heavens and the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness? Today’s devotional will help you understand. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
II Peter 3:1-13II Peter 3:1-13 ESV
The Day of the Lord Will Come
3 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies[b] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.[c]
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
II Peter 3:1-13
“This world would have been consumed by fire long ago, if it had not been for the righteous. God bids the flames tarry till he has taken all his children home; he only keeps the world in existence for the sake of his elect. It is a debased world, the trail of the serpent is over it all; it is spoiled, its beauty is marred, it is a fair world but a false one, its glory is departed. God would utterly destroy it but that he intends his Church to be fostered in the wilderness, and he will not sweep the wilderness away till he hath carried his people through it.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 460]