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"One Thing Remembered"

October 18, 2004

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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. 2 Peter 3:8

Time runs our lives. Either our hectic schedules drive us to race frantically from one day to the next or because of troubles and boredom time drags on endlessly. In either case we easily lose perspective. We live for the moment and forget God’s eternal plan.

Saint Peter writes to Christians who wondered why Christ had not yet returned for judgment: “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.” On the one hand, the Lord loves us so much that He shows great patience. He wants everyone to come to repentance. The length of days also spells fresh opportunities to witness to our faith in Jesus as Savior and to serve God with our lives. What a blessing to fill our days with praise, service, and witness!

On the other hand, the day of the Lord will come like a thief. Every day may be the last day. Urgency prevails. We want to maximize each hour to live thankfully for Him in service to others. Jesus redeemed the time. His short public ministry was filled with obedience to the Father and service to people in need. On the cross the hours must have seemed like years. Yet He endured patiently to save us for eternity. One thing remembered – all time is God’s time.

PRAYER: O Lord God, our Help and Hope, guard us and keep us safe until we reach our eternal home with You. Amen.

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