HASTENING THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

21st May, 2019

IPR DAILY DEVOTION

Topic: HASTENING THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD

THEME SCRIPTURE:
2 Peter 3:12-13 (NKJV)
[12] 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? [13] Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

MESSAGE:
In our previous devotion, we concluded, that, when we catch the revelation that the things we hold onto and cherish so much on this earth will be dissolved, we will appreciate eternity, and look forward to a new heaven and a new earth.

Our theme Scripture gives us a clue as to how to hasten the coming of the day of God. The Greek word translated, “hasten” is “speudo”, which also means, “to desire earnestly” or “to speed.” Take note, that, the day of God is the beginning of the world to come. We learnt in a previous devotion, that, after Christ has subdued all enemies during the thousand-year reign, He Himself will submit Himself to the Almighty God, so that God will be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:28). The day of God will begin, when Almighty God is once again all in all, just as He was before rebellion entered His Kingdom. And we are admonished to speed up the coming of the day of God! How is that possible? The answer is in the same Scripture: It says, “LOOKING FOR and hastening the coming of the day of God…”

We said, the word “hastening” also means, “to desire earnestly.” Meaning, we are to look for the coming of the day of God by desiring earnestly the fulfillment of God’s promise. That’s why the verse 13 of our theme Scripture says, “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” Righteousness dwells in the world to come! That is to say, everything in that world is right; there’s absolutely nothing wrong in the world to come. No wonder Isaiah 65:17 (KJV) says, “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”

As far as God is concerned, this present world is called, “the former.” God lives in eternity; He is not limited by time, and therefore sees the past, the present, and the future, all at the same time. He calls the things which are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). This world, which we call present, but which God calls, former, will not be remembered nor come to mind, and that’s why we must earnestly desire the world to come, by looking for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

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