So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 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. He 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.
- 2 Peter 3:14-16
“Sometimes I come across Christians who are struggling because they have stopped reading their bibles – its as though they have said to the Lord “I want to unsubscribe…I no longer wish to hear from you”…and they are surprised when he gives them what they want!”
- David Robertson
Before the above Robertson quote, he talks about an Arts society in Dundee, where he used to live. He and his wife would go to concerts. At first, after moving to Australia, the newsletters brought back fond memories, but as he is settling into Australian life and he cannot go to the next event, he “no longer wishes to hear from them.” This prompted the quote above.
I know that I have unsubscribed to things. Some magazines simply went in a direction that offended me. For those, I gladly did not wish to hear from them.
The strange thing these days is that some people can never hear or read the Bible, but they quote from it. ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’ is not in the Bible, but probably the majority of people calling themselves Christians would be shocked to find out that it is not. They might even argue that you are reading the wrong translation.
Does this sound like the people that the Apostle Peter mentions? The ones that misquote the Apostle Paul or distort what he says from ignorance?
What is your excuse for not reading God’s Word? God wants an intimate relationship with you. Can you recite the statistics of your favorite sports star? If so, can you recite two of the “blessed” lines of the Beatitudes? Maybe one?
That brings me to David Robertson’s comment that we have unsubscribed from God. We wish to live our lives as we see fit, without God’s interference. But then…
We get very upset when things do not turn out as we plan, and we blame God for abandoning us.
Amazing how each generation since time began seems to make that same mistake.
On second thought, let’s not unsubscribe to God. Before it’s too late, pick up your Bible and read it. If you do not have a Bible, there are websites that have a variety of translations. Just learn more about God. He’d love for you to do so.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.