This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
– 2 Peter 3:1-7
Diane and I read an excellent devotion tonight titled, “The Omega Joy.” From The Book of Mysteries, by Jonathan Cahn. It was about the Old Testament Feast of Tabernacles, and the difference between the joy of the world and joy of God. He makes an excellent point:
The joys of the world come at the beginning. They’re fleeting. They grow old and pass away. The joys of sin lead to sorrow, The laughter of youth leads to tears of mourning. But in God, the greatest joy comes at the end. In other words, the ways of God all lead in the end to joy. Even that which seems hard for the moment, the way of sacrifice, self-control, and righteousness…in the long run it all leads to joy. …For the ways of God all lead to joy. And the best is saved for last.
There are those who in some manner or another deny God’s faithfulness and dismiss the promises of eternal joy at The End of it all. They will scoff at the faithful, hopeful followers of Jesus’ ways. They will indulge their own sinful desires and wonder why you don’t fall in with them – and even deride you when you don’t.
But there will come that time when the ungodly are destroyed, and everyone who has waited for God’s salvation will experience eternal joy. A friend of mine used to say, “Forever is a long, long time.” Indeed. Imagine experiencing eternal joy for the long long time that will be.