Lent Devotions: Day 36
Read: 2 Peter 2:1-10a
He Knows our Trials
The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial. (v. 9)
The Christian life sometimes leads to friction. Walking in step with God can mean walking out of step with the world. This friction can lead to an opportunity to witness, but it may also lead to conflict, scorn and pressure to conform.
Peter’s church was facing intense pressure and trials, but the situation was not beyond God’s control. The ungodliness, false teaching, and wickedness around the church were no threat to God. He had upheld faithful Lot when he was surrounded by Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-29). He rescued righteous Noah in the ark in a time when “every intention of the thoughts of [the human] heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). God restrains evil, corrects falsehood, and keeps his people from falling into ruin. Even in dark situations, God maintains control and works to bring his people out of darkness and into light. Peter knew what his church would soon face and was convinced that God would continue to rescue his people—as he had always done.
The Lord also knows our trials. The difficulties we face in our life are no threat to God. Not only does he know our struggles, but he also knows how to lead us out of them. God, who rescued us from sin through Jesus Christ, continues to come and rescue his people. —Stephen Shaffer
Prayer: Lord, thank you for coming to rescue us through your son, Jesus Christ.