Among some of the ‘mysterious’ verses of the Bible, this one has been part of many debates that usually come in creation VS evolution circles and so it is indeed a curious verse that can be interpreted in ways that can either become an enlightenment or a point of confusion (much have been attributed to the latter).
I have proven to myself through the years that I have been reading the word of God, that His word is without error and learned that God reveals His message in season. I hope to share this for the verse in question: 2Peter 3:8
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
If you notice, the above statement comes as a warning. It is important that we be not ignorant of this truth that our one day is as a thousand years with the Lord and similarly so it implies, a thousand years is a mere day to Him.
I call this verse with the preceding verses from 1-7 as – the “unimaginable Greatness of God”.
You see our one day’s worth of events, seems like a thousand years to God in our perspective – seeing the works of His hands in a lot of details just to get though one day. We sometimes observe it or even ponder about how our day unfolded, but mind you we miss a whole lot of things going on in the background without our awareness they’re even taking place. Think about the workings of each sub atomic particles in our cells, to the movement of blood in our veins, the functioning of our organs, to the processing of information of our brains which forms our minds, senses, etc.; to the digestion of the food we eat, air flow through inhaling and exhaling, the growing of tiny hairs on our skin. Then think about each visible and invisible creatures in and outside our body – the single and multi-celled organisms in the water and the airborne ones, even the reproductive cells and symbiotic organisms, their systems are so complex. Think about the earth’s atmosphere, the weather cycles, , the laws of Physics working with consistency and rhythm, the unchanging cycles of this world. Every event that happens in a day of this life cannot be explained in a day, not even a few years. In our own body, we haven’t figured out a lot of things yet, let alone the rest of everything outside it, even this understanding is a gift from God.
“Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.”
Maybe these things don’t matter or are unimportant to you. But either way, we practically cannot fathom the vastness of our world let alone the greatness of the Creator. Think about the planets and the stars and the galaxies and the universe. All in one day, God makes their little events happen all in harmony and balance.
Tomorrow, we can only hope that things will go on as we perceive it. If we were in our right minds, we’d pray that God continues to be gracious to us in each day. Don’t ever forget that apart from the physical, He works in each of us by rearing us to maturity in the faith, helping us along the way, to understand His ways, dealing with our struggles, our disobedience, disciplining us when we become boastful and proud. By His mercy and grace , He leads us to salvation and we live and have our being. With His patience, He bears our lack of faith in spite of the many times we’ve proven Him over and over. We still fall by our disobedience to His will. Relying in the futility of our efforts to please Him, we stumble. He has longsuffering and love for us.
This is the God we serve. Don’t you think we need to surrender to Him everything and believe in Him, depend on Him. Afterall, He’s the one who decides when all of these goodness will come to an end. In the end of our day, we realize only God can do all these things. In the beginning, He created everything. In six days he did. To us it seems thousands of years. That’s truly how great God is and we haven’t even scratched the surface.
P.S. You know its funny as others think it even took billions of years:)
P.S.#2 – Conversion exercise: since 1 day =1000 yrs. and being that God made everything in 6 days before he ‘rested’, now the earth is 6,000 yrs old; maybe this work is also close to being completed and “God’s rest” is finally coming pretty soon and we are being reminded about this. See the whole scripture lesson below:
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
God bless your soul today. In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.