August 19th, 2016
When my children were younger I had to teach them about the very real danger of strangers. I had rules and things in place to keep my children safe in certain situations – don’t talk to strangers, don’t get into a vehicle or walk with someone you don’t know, if someone tries to pick you up from school they need to give our “code word”, etc. Over the years, we have had to have many conversations about how to recognize danger, how to be able to make good decisions and choices in certain situations. As the girls have gotten older, situations have changed, and sometimes it is more difficult to discern the “good” from the “bad”, thus making it even more important for me to remind them, and for them to listen and follow the guidelines and rules set out for them.
When I read the first few verses in chapter 3 of 2 Peter, I can only imagine the tone, the urgency in which Peter is writing to the believers. All through chapter 1 we see him reminding them of who they are in Christ and how they are to live as children of Christ. In chapter 2, we see his strong warning of the false teachers. Now, we get to the beginning of chapter 3 and see his warning about the scoffers and mockers. Reminding them once again to remember the words of the holy prophets and the commandments of the Lord through the apostles.
How do we recognize a scoffer or a mocker? What do we do when we come across someone who is scoffing at us, mocking our faith? How do we respond? When I look at Peter’s words, I can hear him – know the Word, study it, hide it in your heart. And I’m forced to ask myself – how well do I really know God’s Word? Am I able to stand against those who mock and scoff at my faith? How do I respond?
What about you, friend? How are you doing with hiding God’s Word in your heart? Can you recognize a scoffer or a mocker? How do you respond when you come up against it?