Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But, according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness truly resides. Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish when you come into his presence. 2 Peter 3.13,14
We are waiting. This is something that most of us I daresay do not do well. We want things to happen quickly. We want things to be right as of now or better yet, yesterday. Peter tells us in the context of this verse that God is being patient. He does not want anyone to perish but wants all to be saved. We need to be prepared on a daily basis for Jesus to return. When he does come, it will take many by surprise. The old will be destroyed and he has promised new heavens and a new earth. New. Where things are just and right. Hard to wait for something that sounds so wonderful. Like a child who can hardly wait for Christmas to arrive, we share the hard task of waiting. Peter tells us that as we wait, we should strive to be at peace, spotless and free of blemishes. Strive to be at peace. That implies that it is not easy. We have to work toward it. We need to maintain a firm grasp on the truth. Because we are still waiting. Oh! But it is so worth it!