“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have” (2 Peter 1:12)
Today companies and corporations struggle to keep products fresh and current, lest consumers grow weary of them. Many companies, particularly in the technology and entertainment sectors, know that if they don’t stay relevant, they could be out of business with the next big trend. People crave novelty and something new, and will quickly scrap the old for something else.
In his final letter, most scholars believe Peter faced imminent martyrdom at the hands of the Romans (see 1:14). He warns of false teachers, who seek to undermine the believers’ vital faith, leading them away from God. Peter provides them with a God-given and God-centered solution that would help them remain true to the faith: reminders.
Unfortunately, many churches today strive to stay current with shifting trends, always following the consumer wave, wherever that may lead. But God has provided something far superior to the whimsical spiritual fads of the day: His eternal Word. If God has blessed us with this wonderful gift, why would anyone grow weary of it?
First, we all need renewal. We run down and need to “restart” our spiritual engines. But we need to make sure we don’t fall into the trap of desiring something that diverts our affections away from Christ. We actually do not need something new, but need to be renewed. We need to ask God for spiritual revival, and then come back to His Word with a renewed desire to read and meditate on its truth.
Second, people dangle things in front of our eyes, tempting us to leap at it. But God has blessed us with the best—His unerring Word, and we “will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place” (1:19). When tempted to follow the tempting substitutes, don’t forget what you have in His Word.
Finally, some do not believe the Word is relevant to their specific situation. But the Word of God is relevant to all situations. Ask God to make His Word real to you, and to show its relevancy to your life. He will equip us to be effective in combating Satan’s temptations while staying true to our calling. Let’s ask Him to do that right now:
Lord, we thank you for providing such a wonderful gift: Your Word. Please open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things in it. Revive our hearts that we may desire only Your truth, and not the unsatisfying substitutes of this world. Grant the strength we need to remain steadfast in our commitment to read Your Word daily, and to apply it to every situation. Provide us the grace and power to live for You.
Posted on Wed, February 24, 2016
by Sam Petitfils