Week Forty-six — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Letters of St. Peter — 2 Peter 3: 8,9

Sunday, November 13

2 Peter 3:8, 9 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.

Prayer: Lord God, we praise you for your patient forgiveness.

Thought for the day:  Like allowable tax deductions forgiveness is a reward.

Monday, November 14

Isaiah 13:9,10 See the day of the Lord is coming – a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger – to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.  The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.  The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.

Prayer:  Lord God, in mercy and loving-kindness prepare us to meet you, our Maker.

Thought for the day:  Without the sunshine the moon would never light our nights.

Tuesday, November 15

Exodus 34: 6,7 And [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.  Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.

Prayer: Lord God Almighty, in you we find the compassion, justice, and love perfectly united.

Thought for the day: Laughter can douse the fire of anger.

Wednesday, November 16

Luke 17: 26, 27 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark.  Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

Prayer: Jesus, we your disciples would be ever ready and watchful for your return.

Thought for the day: If the mouse had a nightlight, the he would never have stumbled into the mousetrap.

Thursday, November 16

Revelation 6: 16,17 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and two can stand?”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we make every day a day to welcome your return.

Thought for the day: Jonah learned you can run but you cannot hide from the Lord.

Friday, November 17

Matthew 24: 30, 31 At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, above all rulers and authorities you reign supreme.

Thought for the day: God elected Jesus to be King forever and ever.

Saturday, November 18

I Thessalonians 4:16,17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, the very thought of meeting you, our Savior, humbles us greatly.

Thought for the day: Would you answer the door dressed in your worn, faded pajamas, if you knew Jesus was ringing the doorbell?

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