Let your hearts not be troubled. Righteousness will prevail. I came across this timely passage of scripture this morning and thought I would share it with you. It was encouraging to me. I hope it is for you as well.
As I read 2 Peter 2:1-9 this morning, I had to smile. What we’re seeing today is nothing new. The level of governmental and societal corruption that we’re seeing is as old as time and civilization. The exciting part of that is, God’s people win every time. It may not be within the timeframe of our desires, but we DO win. Read this passage and be encouraged.
“In times past there were false prophets among God’s people, and among you also there will be false teachers who will smuggle in pernicious heresies. They will go so far as to deny the Master who acquired them for his own, thereby bringing on themselves swift disaster. Their lustful ways will lure many away. Through them, the true way will be made subject to contempt.
They will deceive you with fabricated tales, in a spirit of greed. Their condemnation has not lain idle all this time, however; their destruction is not asleep. Did God spare even the angels who sinned? He did not! He held them captive in Tartarus – consigned them to the pits of darkness, to be guarded until judgement! Nor did he spare the ancient world – even though he preserved Noah as a preacher of holiness, with seven others, when he brought down the flood on that godless earth. He blanketed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in ashes and condemned then to destruction, thereby showing what would happen in the future to the godless.
He did deliver Lot, a just man oppressed by the conduct of men unprincipled in their lusts. (Day after day that just one, good as he was, felt himself tormented by seeing and hearing about the lawless deeds of those among whom he lived.) The Lord, indeed, knows how to rescue devout men from trial, and how to continue the punishment of the wicked up to the day of judgment.“
I’m reminded of an incident in my workplace in 2005. I was working as the team leader at a maintenance facility on a military base. One day one of the contract managers came into my shop with a visiting official. He immediately began berating and belittling me for some ill-perceived documentation infraction, in an effort to display his “power” to his guest.
After this incident, I explained to my team that they had done nothing wrong, but that the contract manager had crossed the line by treating me, a child of God, in such an unjust manner. I explained to them that the day would come when God would deal with him – maybe not tomorrow or next year, but the day would come.
The day came. The day when that man was escorted out of his office, relegated to utter obscurity in a shack miles from nowhere, while I was given his office and many of his duties. It was a long time coming – four years, in fact, but it came. That’s the promise of the Lord.
I’m pretty sure that my antagonist had no idea how it all happened, but he definitely felt the sting as I sat at my new desk. One of my coworkers from the old shop knew. In fact he came by to say, “I remember when you said his time would come for messing with a child of God, and here we are.”
Be encouraged. Righteousness will prevail. Stay strong in prayer and The Word, and trust God. Hebrews 11 gives us the “Hall of Faith”. If those who have gone before trusted the Lord without having received the Son, how much more so should we who have received the Son trust in God.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friend.
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