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These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 2 Peter 2:17 (NIV).
Have you ever gone through times in your life when you felt desolate? Perhaps you lost a spouse, or a child, or a parent? Perhaps you did your best and still lost your job. Perhaps you had to declare bankruptcy, or your house burned, or your pet died, or you found out you have a terrible disease.
You get the drift. Most of us have been there. Why, even if something dreadful hasn’t happened in your life, I’m betting today you’ve experienced something that left you feeling desolate, barren, alone.
Here’s the bad news. It can get worse. You can shut your heart out to God completely and denounce Him. He won’t punish you. No, He’ll do something much worse. He’ll do to you the same thing He did to the nations of the Old Testament. God can remove His favor from your life. God can remove His protective hand from your life and let the prince of this world reign in it. All it takes is for you to turn your back on Him and deny Him. It can get very much worse, my friend, and I hope it never does for you.
This is the kind of people Peter is talking about in this verse: people who have denied God, who have abandoned Him. They live in spiritual and emotional misery, in constant sin and constant regret. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without love, but there are many, many people who don’t care about that. Hell may very well be fire, brimstone, and torture, but I think that it is also something much worse. Hell is a place where everyone exists in the absence of God’s love. It isn’t punishment: it’s God accepting the choices we made and demanded He accept. It’s His turning us over to the consequences of our choices. Fire and pain would be easy compared to living through eternity with a barren heart.
These were the kind of people Peter was describing. Darkness was their final destination.
Don’t let it be yours.
Making sure it isn’t yours is easier than you might think. It starts with saying to Jesus, “I’ve sinned. I’m a sinner. Forgive me.” Say it and mean it. “I believe in You Jesus. You’re the only God. You’re my savior. Save me.” If death and eternal misery can happen in a blink, then so can eternal life and light. Light shines in an instant. In fact, the light of Jesus was what Peter, Jude, and the rest of the apostles were yearning to share with everyone they met. It’s even more so today.
This world shows us desolation and pain. Why settle for that when Jesus invites us to be part of His much better way?
For further reading: Jude 12-13, 2 Peter 2:18
Lord Jesus, forgive me. I’m a sinner. I believe in You. I need You. You are my only Savior.
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