S (Scripture) – 2 Peter 3:3-4, 10-11, 16-18
“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.'”
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness…”
“…as also in his [Paul’s] letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 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.”
O (Observation) – Lord, I see that you have identified that some will be mockers of You, while other “unprincipled men” will distort Your truth. In a world swirling with non-stop information all around us, how do we know the difference between Your truth and the world’s twisted ideology?
A (Application) – You are clear by saying that we should be prepared to encounter this dilemma on a consistent basis (“knowing this beforehand”) and must move forward throughout our lives “on guard” against the lies we are confronted with in order to be victorious in this life. You are telling us it is necessary to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” not so that we can say we intellectually know much about what the Bible says, but so that we can have assurance of Your promises for us.
P (Prayer) – Lord Jesus, help me to truly understand what has lasting value. You know the characteristics of a true believer in contrast to unbelievers who live ungodly lives. May the wayward lives of those who live according to the flesh not sway others from following after You. Bring all to a knowledge of who You are, and may they know that You love them. Growth is always in direct relationship with time spent in Scripture. Make us hungry for it, and for You.