Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Please read 2 Peter 3: 8 - 13
This passage in 2 Peter serves as a reminder of some of the great promises of God. In verse 8 the Bible says how a day is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years is like a day. This verse reminds us of the promise that our timing is not God’s timing. Often people wonder why God does not act faster but we hold onto the truth that God’s timing is perfect whether it be a day or a thousand years. Then in verse 9 the Bible says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises.” This reminds us of the great promise that God does indeed keep his promises though not always according to our timing. Then in verse 13 the Bible promises us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth. This is a great promise to hold onto in the midst of the brokenness and imperfections of this world. Praise God for so many wonderful promises.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
Have you ever been frustrated by God’s timing? What did you learn about yourself during those times? What did God teach you during those times? In retrospect are you thankful for God’s timing?
How does it help you to know that God does keep his promises? What promises of God has he already fulfilled and what promises are you still waiting for God to fulfill?
Why is it important that there will be a new heaven and a new earth? How does this promise help you?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for your many promises. Lord, I confess that at times it is hard to wait on your timing and your promises. Forgive me when I have been impatient. Help me to cling to the promises which you have given so that I might rest in your peace. Amen.