“Until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
The main theme of Peter's message is stated here, to pay attention to Christ. Have you ever wondered about situations you have faced with faith and confidence in the past but now, somehow you have misplaced that confidence or knowledge? Perhaps you once stood firm in your faith in Christ, but the situations that we encounter now, most especially with this Covid 19 and stresses of life have distracted you. Or perhaps you have started to believe in teachings that burn your interests and emotions but are not rooted in Scripture. Peter is seeking to point his people and us back to what they and we once knew. He reminds us of the significance and relevance of Christ. He also reaffirms to them his authority as an eyewitness and a personal disciple of Jesus Himself. This reminder is to a church that has slipped from truth to what is new and fleeting. We all need reminders from people in our lives who are mentors and good examples, and we need to be on guard against those who seek to hinder us from His Word and Truth.
We are called to work hard, powerfully, and with meaning concerning His Truth. Peter warns of the power and influence of personal attitudes people have made up for themselves that make us feel good and give us a sense of accomplishment when we "discover" them. What Peter has taught has not been made up. Jesus is real and is Power; He is the real Truth! And, Christ is coming again! The message from Peter and the Prophets was not manmade or clever logical wisdom; rather, it came from God Himself.
Peter points out that the Prophets preached and wrote to an audience in darkness and despair and who would not be convicted. He feels the same, as his words are shining in the dark. Perhaps, you feel your efforts are the same, but being faithful does not always mean having results. We are all called to be the bright light of His Light shining in us. We are to realize our place and in humility realize He chooses to use our weak nonsense to excite and prepare others to apply His precepts and call! God is the deliverer; we are the receivers. We are to receive in humbleness. God's Word does not come from us, but it is moved into us by the Holy Spirit and then proclaimed by us! The writers of the Bible were human authors who were used by God. They actively spoke His Word as they recorded. How shameful for us to seek to twist and manipulate His Word for our own agenda!
Our growth in Christ has value! Real, impacting, growing faith requires our diligence. Thus, we are asked to rekindle our Christian growth as an ongoing effort and apply His Truth so our hearts become centered upon Him. Just think what self-control, patience, endurance, godliness, and love would do for you and those close to you! Our failure to obey God will cause us to lose out on so much in life and in eternity. Our diligence to remain faithful and obedient with virtue will help enable others to do so. When we obey God, He will reward us beyond our ability to understand! Let’s remember the word of God always, and remind each other of it. And let’s pay attention to Jesus’ words until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts not only today but every day. Amen.