Again, the Lord speaks to me of what I need. After perusing 2 Peter 3, I thought to write about my thoughts on the end times. But after prayer and rereading the today’s passages, the Lord gave me a specific, personal message. I am, first of all, both surprised and grateful for his care of me. Should I be surprised? No. But I am once again stunned that he pays such personal attention to me.
He tells me who I am in his eyes. He reminds me that he is with me. He knows that people roll their eyes at the choices I make in following him. He knows that some people laugh at what I value. There are, of course, people who roll their eyes and laugh at Jesus.
There are the mockers:
“How long will the enemy mock you, O God? Will the foe revile your name forever?” Psalm 74:10
There are the scoffers:
“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” 2 Peter 3:3
What should my response be as I walk among those who mock and scoff? I will stand upright and steady. I will be confident in my God and the choices I make to follow him. I will continue, as Peter tell us, to do my best to live a holy and godly life.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of god and speed its coming.” 2 Peter 3:10-12a
Dear Lord, Thank you for caring so deeply for me and for your personal attention to me. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and awe. Help me to live a holy and godly life, confidently standing in your grace. I pray for those who mock and scoff, that they may see you and come to know you. Amen