“You will do well to pay attention to it, as a lamp shining in a dismal place. . .” (2 Peter 1:19)
There have never been more words spoken, written, and recorded than right now. Media has exploded and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. Just how many blogs, websites, books, can you really consume? Peter anticipated this problem and gave an important directive: he implored believers to pay attention to the Word of God.
Peter was intently involved with the Word of God. He used Old Testament in his ministry, spoke words that became Scripture, recognized Scripture when it was written by others, and made his own contribution to the Bible. Peter based his authority to identify Scripture on his personal relationship with and witness of the resurrection of Jesus.
Peter also based his recognition of the Word of God on the reality God had spoken in the past, even in Peter’s presence (Matthew 3:16). Peter was convinced the Scriptures came from God, through men, but nonetheless from God because he recognized God’s voice. Obviously, for all the reasons just described, he highly valued the Word of God and counseled believers “to pay attention to it, as a lamp shining in a dismal place.” That’s important imagery for our generation.
Western culture has been profoundly influenced by the Bible for centuries. That influence is rapidly waning. Darkness is expanding and the light of the Word is lessening. Christians today, have a remarkable opportunity to fulfill the mandate in Peter’s directive. We can magnify the Word of God, and in doing so, shine its bright light in the darkness of contemporary cultures. We do so by interpreting the Bible correctly, living obediently to its teachings, and also by getting involved with a local bible-based church.
Question: Do you have any reservations the Bible is the Word of God? Why?
Challenge: Plan to attend a Bible-based church.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to be more attentive to your Word and be a light in a dark place.
Jeff Iorg - San Francisco Giants