2 Peter 3
(1-13) The Day of the Lord Will Come
This Scripture passage reminds us that the second coming of the Lord will take place. There are some who do not believe that it will happen, and there are others who mock and scoff at the predictions and prophecies regarding His coming. It appears as if the world is continuing as it was since the beginning of time. But just as the world (temporarily) perished once by water, it will (permanently) perish again by fire. The world that was created by the word of God will also be destroyed by that same word of God.
While it may appear as if nothing is happening and that the world is secure as is, we must remember that time in Heaven with God is different from time here on earth. With God, one day is like a thousand years and a thousands years is like one day. It is not out of slowness that Christ has not yet returned, but it is out of patience for His creation. It is not His desire for anyone to perish when the world perishes. Instead, He desires for everyone to come to repentance and be saved, both physically and spiritually.
Because we know that the heavens will one day pass away, and the earth will be burned up, and all the works that have been done will be exposed, we ought to live differently. We ought to live lives of holiness and godliness, looking forward to the coming of the Lord. We do not cling to the present heavens and earth. We are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which everything and everyone will be righteous.
Favorite verse: (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 will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.