New Heaven and New Earth — January 10, 2014 (Friday)

Today’s Verses:

2 Peter 3:10-13

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.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

The term the “day of the Lord” or “the day of God” occurs in Scripture frequently, especially in the book of Isaiah. (Is 2:11, 17, 20; 3:7, 18; 4:1-2; Joel 1:15; Am. 5:18; Zep 1:14-2:3; Acts 2:20; 1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Thess. 2:2) In these passages, the term refers to the day on which God will intervene in the world to bring judgment and blessing.

Today’s Questions:

Does this passage evoke any fear or discomfort in you as you read it? Why?

What do you think Peter means when he says we ought to live holy and godly lives?

How might living a holy and godly life “speed” the coming of the day of God?

How does Peter describe the new heaven and the new earth?

Today’s Prayer:

Father, forgive me for the days I forget that the day of judgment and blessing is coming. Forgive me for my failure to live in a holy and godly way even though you have equipped me, with your Holy Spirit and your grace, to do so. Forgive me for the ways I have failed. Help me to remember your purposes in this world and my role in speeding your coming. I don’t want to be distracted and want to keep my eyes fixed on you and all that is eternal. I long for the new heaven and earth, when your righteousness will reign!

Go A Little Deeper:

Review 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 and reflect on a life lived in light of the coming of the Lord Jesus.

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One thought on “New Heaven and New Earth — January 10, 2014 (Friday)”

  1. Lovely, Kellye. As you imply, judgment looks different depending upon a person’s relationship with God. To those who refuse Jesus, Judgment will show up as condemnation; to the believer, Judgment will show up as vindication.

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