Peter – A Breath of Fresh Air
Our son has been deployed with his unit for a few months. What joy we have to see him come home this morning! We are grateful for his tenacious service to our country. We are grateful he can rejoin his family physically. The only thing that tops homecomings of loved ones like this is knowing that Jesus, the One Light in this dark world, will return to claim his own sooner than we think. “The stakes are high” says Peter, “I’m not going to let up for a minute in calling you to attention before it.”
“I’m sticking to it as long as I live.” Peter knew his life was drawing to an end and this made him even more passionate with the urgent Message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Why I am compelled to write to you each morning with this “Daily Manna” is for similar reasons and passion for Christ. I, too, will stick to it as long as I live or God tells me to quit. Read and be blessed…I’m off to the National Air Guard base to greet our son!
2 Peter 1, The Message
The One Light in a Dark Time
12-15 Because the stakes are so high, even though you’re up-to-date on all this truth and practice it inside and out, I’m not going to let up for a minute in calling you to attention before it. This is the post to which I’ve been assigned—keeping you alert with frequent reminders—and I’m sticking to it as long as I live. I know that I’m to die soon; the Master has made that quite clear to me. And so I am especially eager that you have all this down in black and white so that after I die, you’ll have it for ready reference.
16-18 We weren’t, you know, just wishing on a star when we laid the facts out before you regarding the powerful return of our Master, Jesus Christ. We were there for the preview! We saw it with our own eyes: Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father as the voice of Majestic Glory spoke: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.” We were there on the holy mountain with him. We heard the voice out of heaven with our very own ears.
19-21 We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your Word that blesses us with reminders of our own homecoming with You some day. Thank you for saving our souls by your sacrifice. Thank you for working in us to refine us. Thank you for all you have provided. Thank you for loving us so much that we cannot help but tell others. I’m sticking with You until You call me home.
In Jesus Name, Amen