2 Peter 3:10–11
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
As Peter continues his thoughts from the Lord about the Lord’s return, scoffers, and God’s timetable, he begins this section with a statement. “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.” This statement has caused much discussion and even books and movies have had part of this statement in them. The “day of the Lord” is an Old Testament expression describing the day of the Lord’s judgment upon mankind for their sin against Him. Peter continues this meaning but adds “like a thief in the night” to it.
Regardless of the Lord’s tarrying, He is going to come and He is going to come when people do not expect Him to come. That is the nature of the “thief in the night” picture. A thief does not announce his coming. A thief is unexpected. When the day of the Lord comes upon this earth it will come without announcement and unexpectedly. People will be doing business and life like always. When the judgment of God begins it will be harsh and it will be painful to mankind.
In light of all of this, how are we supposed to live? We are to live in holy conduct and godliness while looking and hastening the day of God. Then, when the day of the Lord ends there will be a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness dwells. I think that the teaching here is that those who live in righteousness now will enjoy righteousness then. When the day of the Lord comes we who are looking forward to His appearing will be glad. Those who have rejected the Lord will be terrified, and rightfully so.
The Lord is coming back. He will bring judgment upon the sins of the people of this earth and He will bring righteousness to those who are seeking Him. Look then for His coming.
Ben is going to be speaking at Sunrise for us today. Pray for his service there.
It was nice to have nice weather yesterday, I was able to get the pool open. Steven and Rachel brought the kids over and Elliana while kicking her feet in the water said, “This is the best day of my life!” It was too cold to get in but they sure did kick and get wet.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS