Monday, February 6 (January 24), 2023
2Peter 1:20-2:9; Mk. 13:9-13
Not only does the fear of God guide us into a holy, godly life, but it also becomes the surest guard of that life, if we, having heeded to its call, make such a beginning. Today the Apostle shows us just that, reminding us about God’s dreadful judgments and punishments wrought even in this life on those resisted His will. “God spared not the angels that sinned” [2Peter 2:4], ─ pure angels who had dwelled in the abode of light, when they sinned, were cast down into infernal darkness. Do you expect Him to spare us if we defy His will?!
Iniquities multiplied and spread over mankind in the days of Noah; God brought the flood and wiped out all of them, no matter how many, except the eight members of Noah’s family. Do you think He will hesitate over you alone, ─ to keep you alive or to put you to death, ─ if you ignore His words?! For quite some time He was sparing Sodom and Gomorrah, but their people, instead of correcting their ways, only increased their iniquities; for that they were struck by fire, without notice, as an image of the eternal fire which awaits the ungodly. You won’t escape this fire either, should you follow their ways.
Remind yourself of all that when you are alone, at a quiet hour, in the darkness of night, rekindling in your soul the fear of God, the fear of sin, as though under the cover of sin the flames of eternal fire were stalking after you.