Deliberate Forgetting

Eternity Online: John Edmiston (Editor)

(2 Pet 3:5-8 NIV) But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. {6} By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. {7} By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men. {8} But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
People deliberately forget unpleasant facts. Some forget their wallets on a date so the other person has to pay! Others forget debts and bills. Peter tells us that the unpleasant facts that the mockers and scoffers (1 Peter 3:1-4) forget are God's creative power and His judgement through the Flood.The battles fought today over these deliberately repressed facts are intense. Mention creation or the flood to many people and you get a never-ending argument. You are getting to material that the human race as a whole has desperately and deliberately tried to forget because these facts point clearly to the inevitable doom of the unrepentant sinner. If there is a Creator God who hates sin and can act in history to punish sin on a world-wide scale then it is a compelling inference that He will do something about the mess we are in today. Such a God must decisively intervene in human history and appoint a "day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.".

The timing of this judgement is in God's hand not ours. Peter exhorts us "not to forget" that God is the Lord of Time. "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." We readily grasp that with God a thousand years are "like a day" - in eternity time just flashes by. His slow steady purposes are worked out over the centuries with exact deliberation. God "has all the time in the world". The other side of the formula is less well known - that with God a "day is like a thousand years" - this is God's microscope - He can watch a day go by with infinite slowness, controlling detail by detail and accomplishing more in that one day than in the previous 1000 years - such is God's power. When God judges He will bring to pass in one day an enormous number of events. The whole order of Creation will be accelerated and the Earth will disappear in fire.

The fact that God can act suddenly and powerfully in a day is lost on those who think that everything will go on "just as it has before". (1 Peter 3:4) That day will be like the split second in a car crash when everything "slows down" and it seems to be taking hours for a moment to pass. Suddenly and destructively judgement will come. Time is not an even and straight line and history is not an even progression. Much is sudden and unpredictable. The sudden collapse of Communism, the Wall Street crash in 1929, even the appearance and importance of the Internet. The world can change its face in less than a day. Six hours on Golgotha can alter everything! Believers are told not to forget this ability of God to make tomorrow a total surprise. The scoffers want to forget about God's huge interventions in history. They believe in a world without any big surprises, a world that just goes on. They are in for a shock!

Lord we worship You for all things are under Your control and You can make more happen in a single day than we can imagine. You have all the time in the world Lord! Remind us to wait for You and to believe that You will intervene for our good and Your glory. Amen.

John Edmiston ([email protected])
Editor - Eternity Online Magazine
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