The other day, my kids and I had an opportunity to go to a nature center for an evening of fossil collecting and some astronomy. When we arrived, the sun was still out and the telescopes were pointed at it. Looking at the sun in the sky with just our eyes, it looked like a non moving large yellow-orange ball that occupied only a small part of the sky; however, looking at it through the telescope was completely different. The sun took up the entire view in the telescope and along the edges of the sun were little moving hairs. Those hairs were solar flares. While those flairs seem like little hairs in the telescope, the reality is that they can shoot out thousands of miles. The sun is about 109 times the diameter of the earth, yet it looks smaller than the earth from our point of view. It is all perspective. Perspective changes everything, it can even change our mind. Think about a corn maze. While in the maze it is hard to find your way out; however, looking at it from above can make the maze seem easy. 2 Peter 3 seems like a lesson on perspective, specifically God's perspective. Please read through 2 Peter 3.
I feel like there are three themes of perspective that Peter is reminding believers in this chapter. These perspectives are just as important for us today as it was for the early church. I like Peter's approach in this chapter because he wrapping up everything he wrote in the first two chapters with the theme of perspective. It is as if he is telling all believers, "Don't forget! There is more to the story than meets the eye." As I study this last chapter, the three themes I will be exploring are:
- Remember what the prophets said - the day of the Lord is coming.
- God's timing has a purpose and it is different from our timing and purpose.
- What is our response to all this?
As I explore these three themes, I pray that God will open my eyes to see His perspective more clearly than looking at the small close-up perspective that I currently have. This chapter is a good chapter to read when we feel the pressure of our own perspective taking over and blinding us from God's perspective. We can have encouragement remembering that there really is so much more than what we are currently experiencing. We are reminded of our hope of new life in this chapter.
What is your main focus right now? Could you use a fresh perspective/