Sometimes, God has had to say, “Stop!” He had to say that to a divided nation that claimed to follow him. One day, whether in our lifetime or later, he will say it again.
To Think About:
- Read 2 Peter 3:1-9. What promises did God make through Peter? What does Peter say can make it difficult to believe those promises?
- What role does patience play when thinking about God’s promises?
- Read 2 Kings 17:5-15. List the key reasons given for Israel’s downfall. How does God’s response show him to be a promise keeper?
- How did the actions of Israel’s kings contribute to the nation’s decline? What message does that give to leaders today (in church, at work, at home)?
To Live Out:
Idolatry is not something limited to people who lived long ago. Anything – even those things that are good – can replace God in your life. Disbelief is not something you are immune from either. To remember who is in charge and what his promises are, you will have to continue to get to know the person himself. To know God, know Jesus. Four books speak specifically of him: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Books before that point to him, and books after that talk about life lived for him. Never let your learning lead you to say, “I’ve heard enough.”
To Pray About:
- God’s promises are not to be taken lightly. Ask him to help you know what he has said.
- As you open God’s Word, the Bible, ask him to help you understand the very words you are reading.