11/29/19: 2 Peter 3:1-18; Psalm 119:129-152; Proverbs 28:21-22
2 Peter 3: 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
When I read this passage from Peter I was reminded of a greeting historians state was used between believers in the first century church. The greeting was “Maranatha,” a Hebrew word meaning “the Lord is coming” or “come, O Lord.” As we know the church was under persecution and the use of this word reminded believers of the promise we have of the Lord’s return.
In an article in “Compelling Truth” the author asks, “Does the church today live with that same feeling of assurance and the desire for the Lord’s quick return. When we are discouraged, Maranatha! When we are worried, Maranatha! When we are joyful, Maranatha! Our Lord is coming back, and it is an appropriate reminder at all times.