2 Peter 1:17–19
17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
The Apostle Peter was thoroughly convinced that the Word he heard was from God. Men and women from Peter’s day until today have questioned what he “really” heard and have cast doubt upon him having heard the voice of God. But Peter knew what he heard. He had no doubt about it and wanted the people of his generation to know that there was no doubt as to the Word of God that he heard.
Having made his point about the source of this Word, it was from God, Peter then tells what this Word does. He says that the Word of God is to be heeded, that is, it is to have attention given to it. To heed is more than just to hear. My kids often heard my voice but did not heed it. We need to heed God’s word, to give it the attention due it.
He also tells us how to heed this Word: we are to heed it as a light that shines in a dark place. Light keeps us from walking into things. When we heed the Word of God as a light we don’t bump into the things in life that bring destruction. Just as you would not intentionally walk into a wall in a lighted room so in life when we have the light of God shining before us we don’t walk into spiritual walls but are able to walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, discerning what the will of the Lord is.
Finally, Peter tells us how long to walk heeding the Word of God. We are to heed God’s word until the day dawns and the morning star arises in our hearts. We await the return of Jesus Christ who will be the morning star of eternity. We now walk in the light of the written Word of God but the day will come when we will walk in the presence of the living Word of God, the very Lord Jesus Christ. Heed the Word, walk in its’ light and do so until the Lord Jesus comes to make all things light and clear.
Today, I ask you to pray for a woman who has allowed my mother to take God’s word and to show her the Bible’s teaching on following Christ, man’s condition, sin, atonement and justification. This woman grew up in a culture that misused the concept of being saved to the point of bringing great confusion to many. Pray for my mom to have the power of the gospel flowing through her so that this dear and pained woman would give her sin and her life to follow Christ, find Him blood able to forgive her an come to hear God calling her to His offer of justification.
Pastor Bill has already finished at Spring Meadow but will have a service at Sunrise Assisted Living this afternoon. As always, keep him in your prayers.
RU will meet tonight. Pray for the darkness of sin in people’s lives to be held back so that they can see the Light of Christ, come and be saved from their sin. Pray for our staff to be spiritually ready to meet those whom God will bring.
Sunday morning I plan to bring a message from Isaiah 29. If you could read ahead it would prepare you for the message. Pray for God to use this for His honor and glory.
Finally, and of great importance, pray for our Supreme Court today to hear the voice of God above the voice of the sinful crowd. Our children and grandchildren will know of the verdict that comes from today’s arguments. May God be glorified and may we be spared.
Sunday, there is concert at Wentz Hall in Naperville. Both the Glee Club and a mixed chorus called the Voices of Hope will be performing. Voices of Hope is a chorus of cancer survivors who rejoice in the gift of life given back to them. If you are a cancer survivor tickets for you are free. The concert is at 3:00.
Have a great day in the Lord,