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2 Peter 3:1-11 Devotional – Day 3

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word

James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 143:7-8 Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Read the Entire Psalm

Answer quickly! Is it okay to make this demand of God? Answer me and answer quickly! It is not as much a demand as much as it is an expression of desperation. It is ok to express our heartfelt desires. Answer quickly! There is urgency because the Psalmist knows that God is His refuge. Sometimes it is easier to praise God and thank God, than to just ask God for what we want. Yes, praise Him and thank Him, but don’t be shy in asking. He is good.

2 Peter 3:1-11 – New Living Translation
3 This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.

3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.

8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live,

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Express thanksgiving to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for those who do not know God. Ask God to help you see the lost people around you and have compassion for them. Ask God for opportunities to build trust. Ask God to give you opportunity to have gospel conversations.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

When Peter quotes Psalm 90 and says that a thousand years is like a day to God, he doesn’t literally mean this as a math fact. He is using poetry to describe how different our perspectives are. We are creatures of time and space; God is not. When we think of a long time, say a thousand years, we cannot believe that God sees things like we do. He does not. We cannot fathom what it is like to be a being untethered to time and space. Sure, we can read science fiction books or watch movies that try to paint a picture of humans being free from these constraints, but the stories are shallow and hollow. We know better. God alone is this kind of being, and God’s power and majesty cannot be fully understood. The fact that we cannot understand it completely doesn’t mean we are not helped by thinking about it (him). If you try to think about God’s eternal nature and divine power and it makes your brain hurt, then good! That means you are on the right track. When we are humble enough to admit that our minds cannot even come close to containing God, then we are positioned to trust him with things that we cannot fully understand. We tend to question God’s power and character when we elevate ourselves to his level, or lower it to ours. When we truly see him “high and lifted up,” we are more likely to worship him than question him.