Peter wrote these words 2000 years ago.
Do any of them remind you of things that are going on today?
When I read passages like this one, or Jesus' words in Luke 21 about the close of this age, I just kinda wonder.
I wonder about our world & how things are going & shaping up.
I wonder about the many strange & unlikely things that are happening.
I'm sure that in the 2000 years since Peter wrote these words, & Jesus spoke those words recorded in Luke 21, how many people have wondered about the thinking represented in each one, & if &/or when it may apply to their day & times.
I, like many people down through time, wonder too as to whether these words apply to our time.
I just wonder...
I'm not suggesting anything...
I've seen many people predict the closing of this age, some even setting a date for when they “know” it will happen.
But these days, like I said, I just wonder...
It never hurts to just pause in a world that is hurtling into constant, rapid change, & just wonder at words spoken so long ago...
I submit Peter's words to your thinking.
If you have time, turn to Luke 21 & read what Jesus had to say.
And just spend a little time wondering...
2 Peter 3
1 This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory.
2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come,
mocking the truth and following their own desires.
4 They will say,
"What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?
From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created."
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command,
and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water.
6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.
7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire.
They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends:
A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
9 The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think.
No, he is being patient for your sake.
He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief.
Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise,
and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire,
and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this,
what holy and godly lives you should live,
12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along.
On that day, he will set the heavens on fire,
and the elements will melt away in the flames.
13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised,
a world filled with God's righteousness.
14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen,
make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
15 And remember, our Lord's patience gives people time to be saved.