READ : 2 Peter 3:10-15
But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. (v. 13)
Waiting. When we think of waiting around Christmastime, we usually think of little children. Some have been through this before and know they have to wait, with excitement and hope, for Christmas to come, and family to arrive, and presents to be opened. Others aren’t yet able to grasp the concept of days or how long exactly they have to wait for all the hustle and bustle they see around them to unveil itself as Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. So they ask again and again, “How long until Christmas?”
In the day of the apostle Peter, the question more likely to be asked was, “How long until Christ’s return?” When Jesus left his disciples and ascended to the right hand of the Father, his disciples expected his return any day. In this letter, Peter is reminding Christian believers to be patient as they wait for Christ’s return, and to remember that when Christ returns, new heavens and a new earth will be revealed, where righteousness is at home.
God, may Peter’s words remind us that our hope is in Jesus Christ, and that the age to come will be full of your gifts of righteousness and peace, not the Christmas presents of this passing world.