“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4 NKJV
‘Safe in the Arms of God’
On April 28th I will celebrate 41 years of walking with the Lord. Looking back I marvel at how quickly the time has passed. So many things have happened in my life and I can see the hand of the Lord fulfilling his promises to guide me by his Word and the Holy Spirit. There have also been those times when I have listened to my own mind and strayed from the perfect path. Yet through it all I can hear his voice today saying to me, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Peter wrote about the exceeding great and precious promises that have made us “partakers of the divine nature” and truly these represent the solid rock upon which our faith stands. It is the Promises of God and His faithfulness to his Word that keeps us safe and will ultimately bring us into the future He has planned for us. As the Apostle Paul so eloquently reminded us, :“. . . neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39)
We are living in a dark world today and it is certainly a time to consider our walk with Christ and how we can be that ‘city on the hill’ that sheds light into the darkness. But we should not fear these things as though they have caught us off guard. God is in perfect control and none of what is happening today is a surprise to Him. In reality, there is no such thing as darkness. It is only the absence of Light. We have the Light of God shining in us and according to God’s Word, we are the Light of the world. (Matt. 5:14)
There are many versions being presented about where we are in the Biblical timeline and when the Lord will return. Some await the rapture while others prepare for tribulation. We hear different Scripture interpretations presented on the radio or television or preached in Churches according to the eschatology that they have come to understand and believe. All of these things hopefully keep us searching the Scriptures. But it is not the getting of them right that is our hope of Eternal Life. If winning the race depends upon our ability to get it all right I think Heaven need not be any larger than an efficiency apartment as there will be so few who make it there.
Our hope is in Christ. He got it right for us. He satisfied all of God’s requirements and if we follow Him He will bring us safely home. He went to the Cross to prepare a place for us that where He is we may be also. (John 14:2-3)) After he had risen from the grave Jesus told his disciples, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.“ (Acts 1:7) Yet He also told them that they would be his witnesses. This is why God left us here on the earth and why He has given us the Holy Spirit. To be witnesses to Jesus Christ.
Does that mean we should all board an airplane for Africa or India or some other place to become missionaries? No! Some are called to do this and they will. Does it mean we are to start an evangelistic ministry and travel the world preaching? Not necessarily. Some are called to do this and if they are we pray that they will. But what we are all called to do is share our faith by our words, our resources and our life wherever God has us and with whomever He brings into our lives.
If we have money to support those who are on the front lines we should; what time we can give to support the cause of Christ, we should give it; if we are called to suffer for our faith like so many today in places where evil and terror are raging,, God will give us the strength to endure and witness to Him. We should all pray fervently for those who are suffering for their faith and those on the front lines of ministry in dangerous places.
What I have found is that if you make yourself available, God will tell you what to do and equip you to do it. We all have gifts that He can use for his purposes. Let Christ use you today to be one of his witnesses in this world. And while we wait for His return. let us rejoice in knowing that He keeps his promises, and we are safe in our Father’s care.