Practical Proverbial, from 2 Peter, 3 November 2020. Today’s topic: Do You?

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By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  2 Peter 3:7 (NIV).

The same God who created everything by speaking it, who (according to Genesis) called land to exist separate from water, will destroy this same earth as we know it.  

I don’t like to think about that; really don’t.   I don’t like to think that magnificent places like Yellowstone, the Boundary Waters, Victoria Falls, the Kenai, and a thousand beautiful places will be destroyed in unstoppable fire.   Even more, I don’t want to think of every one of us being judged and assigned a place with the living in heaven or the desperate in hell.

Yet many verses in the Bible talk about God creating the Earth as a home for mankind forever.   That, at the end of the age, God will remake this place into a new Earth where, once again, our Triune God may make His dwelling among us.   It will be a place free of sin and the consequences of sin; where man may live in harmony with God once again.

Many other places in the Bible refer to fire as a purifier, and perhaps that is what Peter means here,  Perhaps this verse refers to the Earth – and we who inhabit it – being purified by the judgment and fiery love of Christ.   That He will either physically or metaphorically burn away our sins to purify us and our home of them.  

To those who are conscious of our sins (who know faith in Jesus), the last day is a day to look forward to.   Me, I long for the day to be rid of the degeneration of my body, the results of my sins, and the fallout that occurred because of things I’ve done.   I look forward to the day when Jesus makes me new and frees me from living in the wreckage of bad choices. 

Yet to those who choose to live their lives outside of faith, it’s a thing to greatly fear.   I’ve long thought that the worst part of hell would be the separation from God.   To exist forever without love, joy, hope, or peace.   It isn’t a punishment that God wants for us.   Instead, it is Him loving us enough to allow us the consequences of what we chose in this life.   To someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus, the day of fire may indeed be real fire:   it may painfully purify them of all love, removing His protection and allowing love’s opposite to fully consume them.

That would be worse than fire.   No, I don’t want to think of the beautiful places of this Earth being destroyed by even holy fire.   But even more, I don’t want to think of other people being devastated by the holy fire of righteous judgment.   Do you?

For further reading:  Matthew 10:15, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 2 Peter 3:8

Lord, I look forward to You cleansing purification.   Have mercy on sinners for Your love’s sake.

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