A Devotion for A New Year

Mike O’Dell

As we look forward to this new year I want to encourage you to read and meditate on 2 Peter 3. The whole chapter. Read thoughtfully, prayerfully. Hear what it says about the “scoffers” who will doubt the Word of God and question us about it’s dependability. See how it perfectly describes how this generation dismisses the very idea that God created the universe and will come again in judgment!

Hear the assurance that we have in His plan for us. We can look forward with anticipation to His coming because Jesus has already paid for our sin! The King of Glory will not judge us! He will receive us to Himself as the fulfillment of His plan from the very beginning!

Recognize that His patience, delaying His return, is specifically so that more people will have the opportunity to be saved through faith in Christ Jesus!

Then, don’t miss the main point! If His triumphal return is true, Live like it! Because in so doing we can even speed His coming!

Wait! Does this passage really say that? Do we have the ability to hasten the return of Christ by the way we live? Can this possibly be true? Wow! What a thought?

Look at verse 9 again, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” The way I live, the way you live determines how soon the Lord returns because it is through you and I that our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and all of those unreached people groups in the darkest corners of the world will ever know the Gospel. It is only when the full number of those are reached that He will come.

So as we enter in to this new year may we all hear the admonition from Peter and the Call from the Holy Spirit in verse 17-18,” to not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position but to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ”.

I pray that God will use the year 2017 to purify His Church and make His name known in our region through our lives lived in holiness on mission for His purpose.

Happy New Year!  “Happy is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7