Jesus warned us that many will be deceived by false signs and false Christs prior to his actual coming. Please protect us from every form of spiritual deception.
Help us not to fear as we continuously hear of wars and rumors of wars, political turmoil, famines, earthquakes, and increasing troubles of various kinds. We understand that these things must be, but they do not mean that the end is here, or even that it is near enough for us to see it.
On the other hand, help us to always be watchful, because our Lord is returning for us at a time that we do not know and will not expect.
He might even come today, so help us to always be ready.
When Superstorm Sandy hit, some people stayed close to the beach. Warnings were given. Not everyone paid attention. When we know something major is about to happen, we understand our obligation to be prepared. Peter has given us a letter full of warnings about the future.
History has seen its share of predictions regarding the end of the world. Just in recent memory we’ve had a failed prediction of the Rapture (or two) and a cancelled Mayan Apocalypse. Can we really blame people for becoming skeptical? Still, the Bible does actually – and repeatedly – predict the return of Jesus Christ.
Our human tendency is to forget how good we have it. We fail to hold onto the actual value of things, of people – and even of our salvation and relationship with God. Today Peter is going to remind us of the treasure that we have before us in the pages of Scripture.