“This second [letter], beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”II Peter 3:1-4
I remember as a kid getting into trouble at times while I was out and about with my family. I wanted to stay away from home as long as possible, hoping to avoid my punishment. I would make small talk with the adults and pretend I was interested in anything they had to say. I tried to delay the inevitable, but this charade never seemed to work too well. When that trick failed, I tried my back up plan.
We would get into the car to go home, and I would immediately become “drowsy.” I would go to the last bench seat in the station wagon and lay down, trying my hardest to fall asleep. The further we were from home, the better my odds were of falling asleep. By the time we pulled into our driveway, I would be out cold, or at least pretend to be. I remember the very few times my parents would show mercy and put me to bed, but most often I received my just deserts. My parents did not forget, and my backside received the punishment I had coming.
As much as I tried to pretend or wish they would forget, they seemed to never forget. I could try to ignore it or even try to have fun while we were out, but the punishment still loomed for me. I could act as though punishment would not come, but there was no escaping it.
We live in a world that seems to have forgotten that Jesus is coming again. A world where people are consumed with their own lusts and a society that lives like He has forgotten or overlooked our sin. A world that sinks into the back seat of sin and hopes all will be well. A world that thinks that the Savior has fallen asleep and forgotten what He has promised about coming again. John 14:3 states, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” The Savior has not forgotten, and He is not concerned that some refute the truth. He is coming again and we need to stir up our minds to remembrance with that truth.
Where are you today friend? Do you live like He is not coming again? Do your actions show that you scoff at His return? Are you walking in your own lusts or are you looking to please the One who will come again? You can bury your head in your own sin, but God sees all and He has not forgotten. May we live like He is coming again because He is. May we strive to lead others to Him because He is coming again and the time for salvation is now. Will you be ready when He comes again? Do you look forward to His return or will you be ashamed at His coming? May our prayer be as John’s in Revelation 22:20, “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, LORD Jesus.”