12/23/22 Needed Reminders

READING: 1 Peter 5:12-14, 2 Peter 1:1-3:18

We’re a forgetful people. We forget in general, but we’re especially forgetful when the stress of life is upon us. It’s easy to talk about trusting God in difficult times as long as those difficult times are somebody else’s. The closer the storm is to our own lives, the more likely it is we’ll forget God’s promises in the moment. 

Peter understood the need to remind his readers to walk faithfully with God. They already knew what they needed to do, but reminders were still in order. Indeed, Peter felt compelled to remind them because he also recognized that the time of his coming departure was near. He would not be in his earthly tent much longer. What he wanted to know was that his readers would continue in faithfulness even after he had departed. He wanted to leave them with reminders that would keep them looking forward and upward.

As we approach soon the close of another year, I increasingly recognize our daily responsibility to prepare others to serve God after we’re gone. That’s both a privilege and a responsibility. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you need reminders to stay faithful today?    

DAILY PRAYER: “Lord, thank You for folks who regularly challenge me to be faithful.”  

TOMORROW’S READING:  1 John 1:1-4:6 

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