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What a Day! (I’m Not Worried, While I’m here, There’s Work to Do!)

Today began with us picking up two extra kids. At (about) 7:30, we loaded our family up in the church bus, picked up two additional kiddos and headed to the science museum. Afterward, we ate lunch, then went shopping at Sam’s Club, followed by a brief trip to the grocery store, and then a drive home. Nearly all the kiddos fell asleep at some point during the return trip. It was busy! The boys then received a generous donation from someone toward their lawn care business (after unloading the groceries), and, as I am resting on the couch, I read news that Iran has attacked Israel. It’s amazing how the world changes so quickly! These boys I spent time with all day heard me say this to my wife, and it led us to a discussion about what we are to do, especially since it seems like Bible Prophecy is unfolding before our eyes. I said “although I’m tired right now, I’m not worried. While we’re here, there’s work to do.”

 

And I am exhausted, but resolved. I am not living (for now) in fear of an attack, while many are preparing for what is coming or what has arrived. I am praying for those in the path of the hundreds of missiles launched, and for the inevitable retaliation that is going to come. If the world is headed for another war (seems like it might be), I am going to fight the spiritual one set before me. I am going to live my life the best I can, a sojourner and exile in this foreign land that I am, for a time, a part of, and telling people of the King and Home I am headed toward, in the hopes that as many as possible will come with me. I am going to do all for the glory of God. I am going to, as an exile and sojourner, plant my garden, and seek the welfare of the city I am planted. I am going to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and pray for peace in Israel, knowing it will only come when Messiah returns to her. What a day! I’m not worried, and while I’m here, there’s work to do. Will you join me in it?”

 

1 Peter 2

 

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

 

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

 

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,

a cornerstone chosen and precious,

and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

 

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

 

“The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone,”

 

And

 

“A stone of stumbling,

and a rock of offense.”

 

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

 

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

 

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

2 Peter 3

 

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

 

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

 

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

 

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.




 

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