You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT)
Today’s daily verse comes from the Second Epistle of Peter. It is commonly referred to as “The Seven Steps”. Following these “steps” will, God’s Word says a few verses later, assure us that we will never slip from His grace.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. (2 Peter 1:5-7 NLT)
A few days before my wife had to have surgery our hot water tank started to leak. It was a less than opportune time for this to happen, to say the least. We knew it would have to be replaced but it just wasn’t a good time to undertake that project. So, we “shored” it up to get us through a little while longer. Last week the leak became much worse and it couldn’t be put off any longer; it had to be replaced. Thankfully that extra time we waited didn’t turn into a total disaster with the tank rupturing and flooding our garage.
Sometimes we’re like a leaky old tub, or hot water heater, too. Our Lord places something before us, expecting us to do what He bids. But we make up excuses as to why to not do what we know we ought to for Him. We “leak” all over our lives and ourselves trying to “shore” up our excuses with more excuses, rationalizing it all out to the way we think it should be instead of being obedient and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us through that which God has set out for us to do.
How many messes of ruptured tanks does it take before we submit to Him? I know for myself it often takes many. And it shouldn’t if I, we, were totally trusting in Jesus. When Christ calls for us to follow him in an area, we ought to be like Peter and Andrew: Drop what we are doing and do what He wants.
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Our area, the Ohio River Valley, was expecting a sizable snowfall this weekend. The accumulations were predicted to be in the six inch range. We ended up with maybe two inches, most of which had melted by Saturday night.
Meteorologist say this part of the country is hard to forecast. I can’t recall exactly but it has something to so with out proximity to the Ohio River and the Appalachian Mountains. As of right now, they are calling for another big snowfall middle of the week, 4-6 inches. I’m not putting a lot of stock in their forecast at this point.
Over the years, many individuals and groups have made predictions, or forecasts if you will, concerning our Lord’s return. The Bible clearly teaches no man knows when Jesus will return, only the Father knows, but that He will return for His church. None of the predicted dates have been correct and the current ‘trend’ of forecasting a date on the Mayan calendar will not be either. I put no stock in those or any other of man’s forecasts of the end of time, or Day of the Lord. No, I put my stock, faith, in God’s Word alone.
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.