Pay attention to the tension in your body. Let go of it and any expectations to do anything other than God’s will today. Prepare yourself to hear God’s word.
2 Peter 3:14-18
New Revised Standard Version
14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18 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.
Peter referred to Paul’s writing, saying some of it was hard to understand. Boy, he was not kidding! That is true for other parts of Scripture, as well. Sometimes, as we study the Bible, lessons are so obvious. Other times, we scratch our heads and wonder if we are even reading English. Maybe we reach for a concordance or another translation. Google comes in handy. Often, though, I just move on to the next section of Scripture because I don’t have the time, energy, or–let’s face it–interest to really study.
Ignorance of Scripture, though, leads to instability, according to Peter. I am reminded of Jesus’ parable of the wise man building his house upon the rock, while the fool built on sand. That would definitely be unstable. As the storms and winds strike the house, it cannot stand. Even the ordinary day-in-day-out shifting caused by regular life would eventually undermine and destroy a house built on so unstable a foundation. Is it really so hard to give a few more minutes to understanding, when my foundation is at stake?
Lord, I am sorry I so often put aside Bible study. I want to build my life on you, the solid rock. Thank you for your unchanging, life-changing Word.
Go with God!