Are You Ready For the Judgment?

Generally, human beings like to be prepared for disasters. Many of us have insurance policies on our cars, homes, lives, and other things in case something terrible should happen to them. We watch weather reports to be ready for whatever mother nature may throw at us. We have developed sophisticated technologies to give advance warnings of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters so that lives may be saved.

There is one impending event, however, that most human beings are not prepared for. In fact, many people scoff or laugh at the notion of such an event. Those who have embraced the truth, however, believe strongly in this event, and work diligently to prepare for it. I am talking about the Judgment of our Lord.

Many passages discuss the Judgment, but I would like to point out 2 Peter 3:7-15a:

But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one {fact} escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as
a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord
will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord {to be} salvation;

We see here that the day will come like a thief; we will not know when His return shall be beforehand! And what a day it shall be! The earth and its works will be burned up; the temperature at which this will take place is unfathomable. We are all moved when we see pictures of destruction wrought by an earthquake, or a hurricane, or a tornado; how much more powerful would our reaction be to the end of the earth and its works?

Peter’s question in verse 11 must be asked by every person upon this earth: what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking toward this great day of the Lord? We all run from the coasts when a hurricane approaches; we all head to the storm shelters when the tornado warning is sounded. Christ has sounded the alarm of Judgment with His death and resurrection; how shall you act? Will you delay and be caught unprepared for the Judgment or shall you turn to the Lord this day and anxiously await His return?

ELDV

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