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Monday, December 11: The day of the Lord will come like a thief

God RevealedAdvent is a time set aside for anticipating the coming of Christ, both at the first Christmas and again in the present and future. This season's passages reflect this anticipation from the perspective of the Old Testament, and its fulfillment and future anticipation from the New Testament. We'll look at why Jesus came: to show us who God is and what he's like.

Read 2 Peter 3:8-15

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

Reflect

Just as many of the faithful among God's people waited for centuries, even millennia, for the first coming of the Messiah, we today wait for another advent of Christ. What does Peter say about how we should live, in light of this divine anticipation?

Respond

As you look forward to "a new heaven and a new earth," and as you see Christ in your life in the present day, ask God to continue to show you how to conduct your life, that you could "be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him."

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