FOR MONDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Peter 3:5-13
“But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.” (2 Peter 3:13; New Revised Standard Version)
Waiting is never easy. We sigh, we groan, we tap our foot with frustration, we watch the clock bemoaning all the time we are wasting. One report claims that the average American spends two to three years of his or her life waiting in line. I think I may be above-average because I feel like I have had to wait forever for some things.
I wonder how my attitude might change during those times I have to wait if I would spend them in prayer, communing with God who longs to bring renewal and hope to my life and the world.
Earlier in this letter of Peter, he gives us a helpful suggestion on how to use our time waiting for the future of God: “make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with sisterly and brotherly kindness, and such kindness with love” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
PRAYER: Ever-patient God of Grace, when I get angry from having to wait a moment or two, remind me how patient you have been with me through the years. Help me learn how to give others enough space and time to come to You as well. Amen.