When I was a kid, my Mom used to buy my brother and I this soap called Fuzzy Wuzzy. It was this bizarre marketing gimmick of an animal shaped soap that would grow “fur” in between uses. Then, when you used it enough times for the outer layers to be washed away, a toy dinosaur was hidden inside. I loved that soap. I kept using that soap faithfully, always with my eye on the prize I was waiting to be revealed.
We’re going to be reading 2 Peter 3:1-13 this Sunday and Peter talks about something similar.
Actually…it’s not similar at all…not even close. But he uses imagery of the elemental patterns of this world melting away and revealing something new underneath. As I read it, I imagine a refiner’s fire burning away all the corruption on the surface of a metal. The idea, poetic or literal, is that at this very moment something is hidden beneath the world as we see and understand it right now. One day Christ will return and with him a new heavens and new earth is revealed. An earth made right again.
That is the very core of our Christian hope. But Peter addresses the hurdles of skepticism that we have to overcome in maintaining that hope.
As you read this section, what does it reveal about God’s seeming delay in concluding his plan? How does that inform you about any area of life where it seems God is delaying his answers?
Peter employs a now/then model for his instruction. We live a certain way right now in anticipation of something in the future. When the question arises “what does it matter how I live if Christ already paid the price for all my sins?” – how would you answer that question based on what Peter says in v10-13?
Something about a world “all landscaped with righteousness” (as the Message puts it) ignites hope in my heart. I hope it does yours.
See you Sunday!