2 Peter 3; Jeremiah 45-46; Psalm 141
Actions have consequences. The Bible often talks about suffering. We are warned to make sure that our suffering is because we follow Jesus, not because we did something wrong. Peter also reminds us that our beliefs should have consequences also. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness…” (2 Peter 3:10-11) From the ancient Israelites to modern day Christians, the belief in the Day of the Lord has evoked mixed reactions. Prophets of old warned the Jews not to be too excited because the Day of the Lord would be coming for them also. The Israelites were warned to get their lives in order. Peter deals with the same issue: the coming of the Day of the Lord is not a time to gloat about how God will destroy others, it’s a reminder to get our lives in such perfect tune with God that people should see us living holy and godly lives. We should remember also that “holy and godly” lives are not lives where we look at others and say, “I’m better than you.” The call to holy living is not a call to “holier-than-thou” living. It’s a call to a simple lifestyle that is focused on being true and faithful to God and to His word. If we do that, we may endure ridicule. (See 1 Peter 4) If we are true and faithful to God’s word, though, we will suffer not as those who do wrong, but as those who do right. It is said that Ralph Waldo Emerson chided Henry David Thoreau and asked why he was in jail. Thoreau is said to have asked Emerson why he wasn’t. Staying true to God may cause us to suffer, but it would then be better to suffer than not. It should never cause us to attack the people that Jesus loved and died for.
Dear Lord, let my belief in You show in my life. Let me live a holy life that draws others to You. Let me live a godly life that shows others the joy of following You without drawing attention to myself. Let my life reflect Your glory; let my attitude recognize how great Your salvation had to be for me.