Friends, I hope you are amazed by God’s Word! Every day when we pick it up to read, there is something new and fresh and inspiring! That’s because God’s Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) and it speaks to us in the exact place we are! Have you ever read a very familiar verse or passage but, for some reason, it suddenly strikes you much more profoundly? Perhaps you have said, “Wow, I’ve never read it like that before,” or “I’ve never noticed that.”
Have you ever begun studying something in God’s Word and, suddenly, everywhere you look you find something related to what you are studying? I call that being “in the zone!” I love being in the zone, don’t you!
Well, I wonder if Jesus’s followers were ever in the zone? I think they were. For example, the writings of Peter and Paul often present the same principles, but from different perspectives. I wonder if they ever sat together, sharing the wonder of things the Holy Spirit spoke to them to include in God’s written Word? I’m sure they did!
A few days ago we finished a study on 1&2 Thessalonians, where we hung out with Paul as he taught new believers there about the rapture, and their redemption from the wrath to come. Today, let’s consider Peter’s writings, in which he emphasizes similar things. Please take your time as you enjoy the devotional below, and consider the similarities between Paul’s message to the Thessalonians, and Peter’s message to believers in general. Can you identify similarities?
As in the day of Peter and Paul, a time of spiritual darkness seems to be approaching quickly. God’s Word enables Peter and Paul to journey right beside us as we go through dark times, either personally or collectively. Aren’t you glad God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path? The Lord is repeating a message to us, and the message is: Do not lose heart! Jesus is coming soon. Be strong, be courageous, and be ready!