Sunday, November 29

Scripture Passage: 2 Peter 3:8-18 “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:14)

The beginning of each new semester is a time of expectation for teachers, students, and administrators alike. Each person, whether consciously or unconsciously, approaches the opportunities of that semester with some excitement and also with some level of trepidation. Am I prepared? Do I have the necessary resources, skills, stamina, patience, and/or intellectual base to provide the knowledge and challenges necessary, to garner and process new information, or to lead and undergird the learning environment? They make efforts to prepare themselves to be successful in the academic enterprise for the benefit of their careers or future careers.

Tonight, Mary and I stood at our back door looking out over Parkwood Lake in anticipation of the rising of the perigee moon, a full moon at its closest point to earth since 1948. In the clear night sky, the moon did indeed look fuller than ever.

During the Advent season, Christians engage in anticipation and spiritual preparation for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We desire to focus our attention on the birth of this baby who by God’s grace brings transforming love to the people of the world. Through the Messiah – His life, His sacrificial death on the cross, and His resurrection – Peter proclaims in 2 Peter 1:1, “we have received a faith as precious as ours”.

Peter reminds believers that “His (God’s) divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him (Jesus) who called us by His own goodness and glory” (2 Peter 1:3). Then, he exhorts us to “make every effort” to “add to your faith” (1:5) and to “confirm your calling and election” (1:10). In our devotional passage, Peter calls on believers to look forward, to expect, to anticipate, and to prepare diligently for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ by making every effort to be pure in reality, pure in reputation, and at peace with God – not just a peace of mind, but a fully developed relationship with God.

Prayer: Our dear Heavenly Father, we pray for Your guidance as we seek to guard our hearts from spiritual error, to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to live to glorify Him. Amen.

John Myers – 2016