Hastening the Day
“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you
to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of
God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will
melt with fervent heat?”
(2 Peter 3:11-12).
Peter has just provided assurance about the coming of the day of the Lord (end of time)
when the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, the elements shall melt with fervent
heat—the earth and everything in it shall be burned up.
The apostle teaches through his question in these verses that since these things are going
to come to pass, people should show deep concern for their spiritual lives and should be
serious in preparing for the coming judgment. They should live holy and godly lives.
“Hastening” means showing an earnest desire for or waiting with anticipation. Christians
should expect and patiently wait for the coming of the Lord with an earnest desire--they
should not dread that day but look forward to it positively. Going to heaven is something
to be excited about.
"Thought for the Week - 5/19/2013" by Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.