8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies[b] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed
One Day Is As A Thousand Years
We have a limited perspective as humans and none of us should forget that. We live, at most, to just over 100 years old. Some of my friends are already gone. Our view of history is skewed. The God who is outside of time can see all things at once in ways that we can not. He created time, and I guess that means he created history. He will know when it comes to an end and he will take his own sweet time about it. He has patience with people. He wants to save them. He has given a way that will lead people back to himself.
I take a diversion here because of the challenge to my Calvinist perspective. If God knows who will be saved and predestines them, how can it say that he is waiting so that more people would reach repentance? Doesn’t imply he is waiting for them to choose repentance rather than choosing them? I would say that he is waiting for the lect who are not yet saved, but I do acknowledge that the text can be used by Arminians as a seeming support to their case.
Also, the fact that this earth is destroyed clarifies my thoughts about renewal. I have heard some say that the earth is renewed rather than destroyed and built again. I am confused on the issue. It does seem like ‘dissolved’ is a synonym for ‘destroyed’. However, I could see how something can be refined by being burned up and then dissolved may describe a process by which it is reconstituted. At what level is it important for us to understand these details? Probably not too important. The thrust is that justice will be done on the earth and the creation and its inhabitants will be exposed.
Exposed. I am afraid of involuntary exposure. We all have things that we are ashamed of. It is good to confess sin and process it voluntarily in this life. However, it requires places of safety and security. Are we willing to provide those places of healing and disclosure before terrible judgment reveals all things at the end of the age.
You could come back today. I do not live with a constant expectation, but as I grow older it becomes more sustainable. I am not afraid of your coming. I wish that all this world would end, and that your own would be with you. Now I see you in ways that are incomplete and unsustained. I want to be constantly aware of your presence and to live with a giddy expectation of your return.
- Why does Peter explain that one day is as a thousand years?
- Why would some have thought God was slow?
- Isn’t it negative to live in constant expectation of judgment?
- How do you feel about the passage of time in general?
- Why might you need to be reminded of the scale of God’s plan in history?