I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.
Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 3:8-18
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 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.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
What does it mean to wait for the coming of the fullness of the kingdom of God?
The kingdom of God can be defined as whenever and wherever the will of God is done. You can hear it in the Lord’s Prayer that we often pray: “They kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Perhaps an even better term we could use for this reality is “realm of God.”
I use the word “realm” with a purpose — we don’t live in a kingdom and aren’t much acquainted in our culture what that means, but the word “realm” captures the meaning beautifully. The word “realm” means a royal domain, like the term “kingdom,” but it also means “the region, sphere, or domain within which anything occurs, prevails, or dominates.” [dictionary.com] So, I like that more inclusive term, “realm.” The realm of God is “the region, sphere, or domain within which the will of God occurs, prevails, or dominates.”
Jesus was always pointing to the realm of God in his teachings. He was always calling people to live in the realm of God and looking to the time when all the world is the region, sphere, or domain within which the will of God occurs, prevails, or dominates. So, we wait for that to be the reality.
But what does it mean to wait?
We tend to think of waiting as a passive thing. When you’re waiting, you’re doing nothing, you’re bored, you’re just sitting there or standing in a line.
Today’s passage of scripture, however, has a different view of waiting. It is active waiting.
In this active waiting, we are to lead “lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” To hasten the time when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven is to live, love, and serve as Christ called us to do.
What are we working and waiting for? “We wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.”
How does this waiting look for you — in your own life?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with these words and reflections that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and reflections I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster