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2 Peter 3:1-18, Peter Stresses Patience

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First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!”
— 2 Peter3:3-4

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, December 3, 2018

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Tower of rocks on beach

The early church dealt with many issues in their time of growth. One subject they addressed was the Lord’s coming. Evidently, there was a significant following that believed that Jesus’ return was imminent.

The Apostle Peter stressed patience for the early community—something that likely was just as difficult then for people as it is today. Although, truth be told, I believe moderns have an even more difficult time for patience.

Most believers I know do not believe that Jesus is coming again anytime soon. After all, it’s been almost 2000 years! Perhaps in this light, Jesus’ second coming is more a philosophical concept than it is a reality.

Yet, all of us yearn for the world to be a better place. We continue to spew out carbon at an alarming rate. Countries regularly posture against each other and the ones who always seem to bear the brunt of injustice are the poor and oppressed. In this, it’s only natural to proclaim, “Jesus, come soon!”

Patience, I believe, is not an inactive or passive action. It is action in realizing that something has not yet been realized. This week, ask yourselves how you may “put your patience to work” in caring for yourself and others.

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