“Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives you should be living!” (2 Peter 3:11 LB)
Ramblings from Connor’s dad – Last night while looking at Facebook, I saw where a friend posted one of the “e-cards”. It was of two elderly people walking hand in hand, off into the sunset together. The caption read “How did we stay together for 65 years?”…”we were born in a time when if something was broken, we would fix it, not throw it away.”
Today we seem to be a society of throwers.
- We throw out left overs instead of eating them the next day.
- We throw a tantrum when things don’t go our way.
- We throw rocks verbally at those who disagree with us.
- We throw things out that don’t appear to work anymore.
Unfortunately, that is true for many relationships, too. I am sure there are countless times Kris could have thrown me out, but we both agreed when we were heading into marriage, that we would work through things, and not have divorce as an option. More marriages would survive today if people went into them with that attitude, but that is not what they are learning from their friends and the media. We are told “you deserve better!” I would add, “yeah so does your spouse, so get your act together!” I had a good friend a while back tell me he was getting a divorce. We talked and I encouraged him to go to counseling and give it another shot. He looked at me funny for a minute, and then replied that I was the first friend who’s advice was NOT divorce. We now default to throwing out.
This throw away mentality has carried over into our faith. If we go to church and something bad happens, we want to throw God out of our lives. He apparently is not a good god that we should bother worshipping. He didn’t supply our every desire, so we’ll teach Him. Now we might try Buddha and see if he behaves better, because God allowed us to get a boo-boo. I am amazed that we, as the created, question the motives of the Creator. We are promised in the Bible that if we are followers of Jesus, He will provide our daily needs, and more importantly, our eternal needs. He won’t keep us from the storms, but He will go through them with us!
Here is the great news, though. We can be spoiled brats, turn our back on God, and walk away. A beautiful truth remains: if we wise up, and realize we need Him, when we turn around to run back to Him….there He is with His arms open wide, because He is committed to us, forever!
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness. (2 Peter 3:11)