(Edited and republished from December 4, 2019)
Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of Week 1 of Advent: Year 2
“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.” (2nd Peter 3: 8 to 10)
Peter reminds us that the time we experience is nothing like that with God. God knows no time. God is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega. Words like fast and slow have no value to God, God does things in God’s time (Kairos). Peter also shares with us that God does not want any of us to perish. We have a universal God. A God who loves everybody, even the people we don’t like. This is something we are going to have to get over. God loves people in the other skin color, in the other political party, in the other country and so on. We have a universal loving God and we should be as well.
The last part of our 2nd Peter passage for today is the hint of accountability. Peter says “and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.” My beloved, disclosed is not destroyed. Disclosed means revealed! I had a military leader once tell me that forewarned is forearmed. This means that if we know something is going to happen we have time to make it right before that time comes. How do you want your report read out loud in that heavenly court? Think about that. And remember that we are dealing with a God who knows no time. God could bring us to accountability right now! Are you ready? Forewarned is forearmed.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John