Mo 11/27Tu 11/28We 11/29Th 11/30Fr 12/1Sa 12/2Su 12/3
1 Chron. 23
1 Pet. 4
1 Chron. 24–25
1 Pet. 5
1 Chron. 26–27
2 Pet. 1
1 Chron. 28
2 Pet. 2
1 Chron. 29
2 Pet. 3
2 Chron. 1
1 John 1
2 Chron. 2
1 John 2

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Yesterday I mentioned 2 Peter 3:8–9, which tells us of the patience and mercy of the Lord in delaying His final judgment. Peter’s goal with this letter is that we would take the word of God seriously, especially the command to live a holy life, in spite of false teachers who will appeal to the lusts of our flesh. Chapter 2 is entirely devoted to the promise of judgment for such men and those who follow them. He knows we will be tempted to ignore Scripture, or make it mean whatever we want, so he sandwiches this reminder of the coming judgment between verses about how we should view God’s word:

But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:20–21)

Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:15–16)

The Bible doesn’t mean whatever we want it to. Some things are difficult to understand, but mostly we just need to remember what it says, believe it, and do it.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
—2 Peter 3:2

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)
  • Confession – We are quick to ignore God’s word, slow to read it. 
  • Thanksgiving – Give thanks that we are not left to our own devices, but God has given us His word to guide us.
  • Supplication – Ask God to remind you of His words throughout the day.

Click HERE to ask the pastors a question about anything in your Bible reading.

This post by Joseph Bayly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

Recent Ask the Pastors answers . . .

Old Testament Prosperity vs. New Testament Suffering

QUESTION In the Old Testament, obeying God seems so clearly tied to physical prosperity. God even promises no miscarriages and long life in Exodus 23:26. But in the New Testament, we are actually promised suffering if we follow Christ. Why the switch in expectations...

What’s up with Ecclesiastes?

QUESTION There seem to be some pretty troubling statements in Ecclesiastes about how we are supposed to think and live. For example, Ecclesiastes 8:15, which was read in church this past Sunday, says, "There is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to...

What does it mean that love “believes all things”?

QUESTION In 1 Corinthians 13:7, what does it mean that love "believes all things, hopes all things"? It kinda sounds like that means we're supposed to just believe everything, but that doesn't seem right… ANSWER Whenever we interpret Scripture, we must use Scripture...