2 Peter 3:8-18
The heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire (v.10).


• Exodus 34:6-7
• Habakkuk 2:3
• Romans 2:4-5


What do you need to do to get ready for Judgment Day? Why do we sometimes not look forward to the return of Jesus?

I know I should say “bye-bye” to my beloved black coat. It’s almost 15 years old and the cuffs are threadbare. The blue satin lining is torn. Still, every time I put it on, it hugs my shoulders perfectly and falls at just the right length. I’ll admit it—I’m attached.

Psalm 102 says that the earth and heavens will one day “wear out like old clothing” (Psalm 102:26), and God will transform the world we know. Peter described this event as the “day of the Lord” when “the heavens will pass away . . . and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire” (2 Peter 3:10).

On that day, “the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.” Even now, God is holding back His judgment because He wants to bring more people to repentance. If you’ve never established a personal relationship with Jesus, don’t miss the urgency of Peter’s message: God “is being patient for your sake” (2 Peter 3:9).

Peter instructed those of us who already believe in Jesus to live holy lives while we await the “day of the Lord” (2 Peter 3:11). Specifically, when Jesus returns, He should find us “living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in His sight” (2 Peter 3:14). Judgment Day should inspire us to make godly lifestyle choices. It should prompt us to ask the hard questions: Do I want Jesus to find me living with my girlfriend, tangled in sketchy business deals, drunk and polishing off another bottle of booze?

The “day of the Lord” is a sobering topic. It’s no fun to acknowledge that our globe will “wear out”—just like my old black coat. And yet, with the earth’s inevitable destruction comes the promise of a worldwide renovation. We can look forward to “the new heavens and new earth . . . a world filled with God’s righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).

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4 Responses to “old black coat”

  1. Pepaqua says:

    It is so exciting to think of the day when the Earth will be remade and we will be with Jesus! Amen to that!

    On another note, thanks for the reminder on “letting go of the things of the world”.
    Sometimes I need it! ^_^

  2. AMGMJL says:

    Pepaua: I think we all need that reminder! I need it daily.

  3. yfsmith says:

    WOW the line about the day of judgement really hit home. My husband lost his job back in April and has been having issues with the bottle of booze. My father is facing cancer surgery next week and I am trying to turn it al over to GOD!! I need peace of mind to get my to the end of the year. Chances need to coming in my life. Am I really ready to take the steps needed to find my peace of mind. Please pray for me and my family.

  4. jennifer benson schuldt says:


    I’m sorry to hear about the problems you are facing. Those are serious issues. I prayed for you today. I prayed that God would help you come to know Him personally, and that you would be able to bear the struggles in your life, with His help.

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