The verse reminds me of Old Faithful, the Wyoming geyser located in Yellowstone National Park. As most of us know, the conic fissure erupts faithfully about every ninety minutes, but did you know that if you turned your back on the geyser and walked away, it would still erupt?
Imagine you have arrived at the site and just before it is about to blow, something catches your eye and you turn away. So intrigued by this ‘thing’ you pursue it off into the nearby woods, completely forgetting why you came to the park in the first place. In your absence, the geyser, like clockwork, continues to spout. As a result…
You Have Missed the Blessing
And so it is occasionally with those who have been saved by faith. This passage is not saying we (Christians) have somehow voided our contract with God if we have denied Him in some way. If it were, then Peter would have been in really big trouble. The verse is merely telling us that when we walk away from Jesus (even for short periods), we miss out on the blessings.
Getting Back to God’s Grace
The idea that the longer we have been away, the more stuff we have to do to get back into God’s grace, is a lie from the pit of hell. It’s what satan would have us believe. The truth is that the only thing we have to do get back to God is to go back to God. Regardless of how far we walk away from Jesus, when we turn around He is right there.
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
It saddens me to know that (perhaps) a couple billion people in the world are not aware of this truth or of how loving our Jesus is. This should not be. If every person who calls himself or herself Christian endeavored to reach just one lost soul, suddenly two billion lost becomes one.
- What does the verse tell us about God?
- What does it tell us about ourselves?
- What should be our response?
These articles may or may not have anything to do with this blog:
- Day 22 Yellowstone National Park (pelicanpointtravels.wordpress.com)
- Geothermal: The Geysers (renewablebook.com)
- Yellowstone National Park (chancealbergphoto.wordpress.com)
- Grand Teton National Park – Grand Teton National Park, WY (travelpod.com)
- Seattle to Yellowstone (erbabu.wordpress.com)
- Geology, what! (wistfullywandering.wordpress.com)
- Come Visit the Birth of the Park Model at Yellowstone National Park with Globus (islandtimetravel.wordpress.com)
- Where Yellowstone’s Hot Water Comes From (livescience.com)
- Jim Evanoff retiring after overseeing Yellowstone National Park recycling projects (billingsgazette.com)
- Two cheers for multiple-choice tests (psychologicalscience.org)
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