December 20

“Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart” (2 Peter 1:19).

It’s one thing to have something extremely valuable in our lives but quite another thing to give it its due. Having established that the Word of God is our most solid foundation, Peter next exhorts his readers to “pay attention” to it. The idea behind the words “pay attention” speak of devoting oneself to, giving full attention, to set a course by something and keep it. It portrays the concept of holding or captivating one’s mind.

This is the attitude all of us should be developing toward the Bible. It should be our primary navigational system for life. It is our only light in this world of darkness. The psalmist makes two separate but important points that relate to our verse at hand. “You (God) demand that your precepts to be carefully kept” (Psalms 119:4) and “Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path” (Psalm 119:105). This Word would remain shining to enlighten believers until the coming of Jesus Christ who, as the Morning Star, will fully enlighten the believer’s heart. “I, Jesus, have sent my angels to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright Morning Star!” (Revelation 22:16). The morning star is really the planet Venus that appears late at night just before dawn and announcing the arrival of a new day. The coming of Jesus Christ will also usher in a new day on earth. This season in scripture is referred to as “the day of the Lord” where God will once again dramatically intervene and forever change the course of history.

By concluding with the phrase “in your heart,” Peter seems concerned about the inner attitude of those awaiting the glorious return of Jesus. This truth of Christ coming must first rise in our hearts and grip us. The reality of our Lord coming again should be a defining ideal that shapes everything we do and how we live. In fact, it is this very thing that Peter addresses as he concludes this powerful letter. (Please read 2 Peter 3:10-13). As disciples of Jesus Christ our lives should be lived each day in light of His impending return.