You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
2 Peter 3:11,12
From Our “Here”…
It sounds like a plot device from a Twilight Zone episode. The president of the United States discovers a letter written to him by another president in the past. The letter is strangely prescient, predicting a key event in American history and making a request that the sitting president takes to heart.
But it’s not science fiction. President Dwight Eisenhower discovered such a letter written to him by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Written on December 17, 1941, Roosevelt’s letter was addressed “To the President of the United States in 1956.”
“I am writing this letter as an act of faith in the destiny of our country,” President Roosevelt began. “I desire to make a request which I make in full confidence that we shall achieve a glorious victory in the war we are now waging to preserve our democratic way of life.”
Roosevelt asked that Colin P. Kelly III — a baby when his father, Captain Colin P. Kelly Jr., became the first American to die for his country after the United States declared war on Japan — be appointed to West Point by the president in 1956. Eisenhower honored President Roosevelt’s request.
Roosevelt expressed his complete assurance that the United States would be victorious in World War II. History proved him right. Looking back, however, it is clear Roosevelt could never truly predict the outcome of the war in the dark days following Pearl Harbor.
But there are other letters from history that look even further into the future and offer irrefutable assurance of a glorious victory to be won.
…To God’s “There”
God Almighty has declared again and again in His Word that the overarching battle between good and evil will one day end with good prevailing. Consider these promises from some of the biblical epistles, or letters, to the Early Church.
“The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).
“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:11-13).
Making the Leap
There is a wonderful, and sobering, connection between the above passages. It is your “holy and godly” life of obedience that God will use to prepare lost people for that day when “the Lord himself will come down from heaven.” How is God shaping your life so that you can be the most effective witness for Him to the ends of the earth?