Sometimes, after I have been cooking for a while- I start to improvise a little. I add a little extra of cinnamon or add a can of black beans or peas because, well, I know we like those foods and so it can’t hurt right?
Then, inevitably will come the day when I stray a little too far from the recipe and the result is, in a word, Disgusting- barely edible- yeah…really bad.
That got me thinking about our walk with the Lord and how important it is to be studying the Bible daily.
It can be so easy to begin to feel confident in our knowledge of God- in what’s right and true- that we forget how important it is to stay connected to Christ.
When I start to think to myself, I have something to offer, I am a good person, I have a pretty good relationship with God- I am relatively honest about the sins in my life and am trying to address some of them- sometimes…
So I could give a little help to others who need enlightenment around me. And maybe it isn’t even that we consciously think that- but pride works stealthily and tricks us into thinking that our wisdom is good enough- we don’t need to test it against God’s. Our heart is in the right place, right?
We must continue to be diligent- to be on guard against the trappings of evil- the weakness in our own sinful nature.
2 Peter 3:14-17
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
In the beginning of this passage, Peter talks about the day of the Lord- and how 1,000 years are like one day to God- time is different for Him. We need to be ready when He comes.
What better way to be ready than to daily be in His Word, holding ourselves accountable against the wisdom and insights of those who have come before us- and who witnessed God in action.
See verse 16- …“…His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.”
That is such a clear warning to us. We must be so careful to not distort or misrepresent God’s truth- to twist it to fit what we want. It is so easy to do this, especially when we feel passionately about something and are coming to Scripture looking for confirmation of a view or belief that we have already.
We need to be watchful so that we are not “carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.” (verse 17). The best way for us to stay rooted in Christ is to know His Word and to study it, pray, talk about it with friends- and always endeavor to be humble- because knowledge has a tendency to make us prideful.
I pray that we will be diligent to remain in God’s Word and stay connected to His Truth to combat the lies of this world and keep us from going astray.