Read 2 Peter 3:3-9
1. What marker of the last days is mentioned in verse 3?
2. What actions and characteristics define the scoffers mentioned?
3. How is the Lord’s “slowness” explained?
One of the key markers of the last days is people mocking the ways of God and choosing to live however they want. Their choices will be a deliberate refusal to acknowledge God’s presence and ways. Why does He let them continue? Because of His patience.
God doesn’t operate by our timetables or emotions. He’s the God who spoke the heavens and earth into existence, who followed through on His word to bring a mighty flood. He could wipe out evil in a moment. Yet He doesn’t because He loves us. He wants us to choose to turn to Him, so He graciously gives us time to repent.
When is the last time you thanked God for His patience with you? Have you repented of your sin and turned to Him? Is there someone who comes to mind who doesn’t know Him yet? How can you share the good news with that person this week? Spend some time praying through these questions. Ask God to reveal what He wants your next step to be as you anticipate His return.
Want to go deeper? Read Colossians 4:2-6 for ideas of how you can live for God and let others see Jesus through you in these last days. Is there one that stands out as a next step?