From the desk of Steve Patton
"But the Day of the Lord Will Come…” - 2 Peter 3.10
As Peter closes his last epistle, he builds toward a climax. The end is clear. It will be certain destruction! But not only will humankind be destroyed, so will the heavens and earth. The day of God’s judgment is coming. It is coming “like a thief” Peter says. “The heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” Scripture warns “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31). What fear that should strike in the hearts of the ungodly! If you are unprepared to meet God, take these warnings to heart - now!
But, in the same context, Peter also writes comfort to the Lord’s people. He says we should be “waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (3:12) and “according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (3:13). The Day of the Lord brings joy to the believer. Hope is realized! Faith is replaced by sight! The end brings rejoicing and happiness beyond measure. The journey will be ended. Eternal rest is ours.
After two years of one of the most arduous and amazing journeys in American history - the Lewis and Clark expedition across the uncharted territory of the Northwest - William Clark wrote in his journal: “Ocean in view. Oh the Joy!” I cannot imagine what that moment was like for those men.They had suffered immeasurably and one comrade had died. I know it was a moment they would never forget.
Can you look forward with hope to your earthly journey’s end? Do you live in fear or in faith? Will you be able to say, "Oh the joy!" The Lord invites you to be His forever - if you undertake the journey and endure to the end. If so, we all should be able to say with the apostle Paul, “Oh Lord, come!”