2 Peter 3:13 (ESV)
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Are you waiting?
The new heavens and a new earth are definitely not here. Peter writes of a coming time. A foretelling of the character of this time is that “righteousness” will dwell in the “new heavens and a new earth.” A simple understanding is that in the new heavens and a new earth there will no longer be sin. As we remember, early in the Bible when Adam and Eve fell into sin the ground was cursed (Genesis 3:17). Creation is still cursed or corrupted and sin went rampant. Envisioned in Revelation, there is a coming day when the corruption of creation is no more and sin will vanish. Then we will realize a longed for, ubiquitous, all-encompassing peace. In the meantime we wait. Now what? John Ortberg wrote, “What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for.” During this wait we can begin to disconnect from the concerns of this life. Imagine the energy we waste as we worry about tomorrow. Consider the activities and routines we promote in the feeble attempt to stay young. Now, imagine our lifestyle if we simply counted on God. We are encouraged to trust God even when the Lord’s answer is, “Wait.” Are you waiting? You’re not alone. I am, too. Wait, There’s more! The new heavens and a new earth are coming.
“There is no place for faith if we expect God to fulfill immediately what he promises.” John Calvin