2 Peter 3:8-15
8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,[a] not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.[b]
11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening[c]the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Final Exhortation and Doxology
14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
Undoubtedly, we have all spent some time in a waiting room. The whole purpose of the room in front of the doctor’s office, mechanic’s garage, or hair stylist’s chair is for us to wait. A whole room designated for waiting! I hope you all spend time in our waiting room, the church. We are in the midst of Advent, a four-week time of waiting for the coming of Jesus. While we are waiting, we are preparing. We are decorating, singing, shopping, list making, visiting, candle lighting, and praying. In today’s words from 2 Peter we hear of waiting, but not for the Advent coming of Jesus, but for Jesus’ final return. Peter is encouraging the restless and troubled people to wait, knowing and believing in the certainty of Christ’s return. As Christians, we have been waiting for thousands of years, and we continue to wait. The Christian perspective gives us a sense of how we are to wait. There is an old saying—“The best way to kill time is to work it to death.” While we are waiting we should be preparing. Spend time helping someone, volunteer at a school, at church, visit a shut-in, purchase a gift for someone in need, drop a plate of cookies off and visit a neighbor. While you are waiting, light a candle, not only physically but spiritually inside yourself and let it shine! We are in the midst of Advent, a time of waiting for the child that has already come into our lives. We continue to wait for His return.
Heavenly Father, help us to use our waiting time to make Your presence known to all. In the name of the One who is to come, Amen.