12.12 Advent Devotional
Today's Advent Devotional, on 2 Peter 3:8-15A, is written by Elena Jeffus.
Elena is a member at NorthPark Presbyterian, along with her husband Stephen and their two children. Elena currently serves as Deacon for the Lake Highlands South parish. She is an active volunteer with Casa de Vida, NorthPark's respite program for caregivers of loved ones with dementia and early stage Alzheimer's. You can also find Elena participating with the Vision Sunday School Class and small groups like Young Mothers Circle.
2 Peter 3:8-15A
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
Peace be with you (“and also with you”… I know you were thinking it.)
Advent is about waiting. 2 Peter talks about how every earthly thing will dissolve, and we should strive for peace while we wait for the new heavens and new earth.
It’s hard sometimes to find peace during Advent. In the hustle and bustle of parties, shopping, and traveling, I find it difficult to stay centered and focused, to find peace in the waiting. I’m not a very patient person. Ask my kids.
While waiting for them to get ready for school, five minutes (never mind a day) feels like a thousand years. Fortunately for us, God is patient.
I imagine God watching us run around like fools at Black Friday sales, shaking His holy head and saying, “This will all dissolve! This doesn’t matter! What are you doing to hasten the day of God?”
Next year I’ll try to do better, and the year after that, and the year after that. I will strive to be found by Him at peace and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
Our loving, patient Lord.