1. You can question God’s slowness to act in justice – vs. 1 It is OK!
2. You can sadly observe the arrogance, foolishness, and sin of the wicked as they oppress the weak – vs.2-11
3. You can pray with confidence in God’s character – vs.12-18
- God does see
- God will hold the wicked accountable
- God will be just
- God will help
- God will stop the terror
4. You can find instruction and comfort from a powerful New Testament passage:
This is now the second letter that I (Apostle Peter) am writing to you,
In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind
by way of reminder,
that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets
and the commandment of the Lord and Savior
through your apostles,
knowing this first of all,
that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing,
following their own sinful desires.
They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming?
For ever since the fathers fell asleep,
all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
For they deliberately overlook this fact,
that the heavens existed long ago,
and the earth was formed out of water
and through water by the word of God,
and that by means of these
the world that then existed was deluged with water
But by the same word
the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire,
being kept until the day of judgment
and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not overlook this one fact,
that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise
as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you,
not wishing that any should perish,
but that all should reach repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will pass away with a roar,
and the heavenly bodies will be burned up
and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved,
what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved,
and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
But according to his promise
we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells.
since you are waiting for these,
be diligent to be found by him without spot
and at peace.
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation.
2 Peter 3:1-15a