Church of England Diocese of Leeds Grewelthorpe

Reflection for the week

Reflection for the week beginning 6th December

2 Peter 3:8-10

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…

It can seem a long wait until Christmas, but it comes in the end. It can seem an even longer wait – the other focus of this time of Advent – for Jesus to return and sweep away all that is wrong, establishing a perfect new creation. Yet that, too, will come, because all God’s promises can be trusted.

Peter tells us that God’s work in this time of waiting is, in his patient love, to draw many to repentance and eternal life. If we are his disciples, we should be seeking that too. Almost always it is through an encounter, a friendship, with one of his people that God draws someone new into his kingdom.

Waiting can be tough, and when we look at all the troubles of the world around us we can be tempted to lose heart. Instead, let us rest secure in God’s faithfulness and do his work of opening people’s eyes to the fact that the Lord will come again. He wants everyone to be saved but is clear that those who reject him will perish. The picture of the Lord coming like a thief is meant to tell us that we don’t know when he will appear. As we wait faithfully, let us make sure that others know there is a choice to be made, and that the right choice leads to wonderful life.

Father God, we thank you that you are patient and loving. We praise you for your holiness, and your promise that all that is wrong will one day be destroyed. Help us to wait patiently and lovingly, and to proclaim with our lips and our lives that Jesus has come as the light of the world and will certainly return at your right time. Amen.