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Do not Overlook

2 Peter 3.8

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day isas a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Story: I don’t think Peter’s intention here was simply to aver the obvious, about how the Lord relates to time. This is not what Peter wants us not to overlook. Instead, he’s calling on us not to make the same mistake that those who scoff at us make – choosing to “overlook” the larger Biblical perspective on truth and reality. God’s thoughts and ways are not the same as ours; He is not subject to the silly mind games of simple men about what proves what. All true knowing starts with God, and with what He reveals. It then constructs a worldview on the basis of what God reveals, even though what He reveals may seem contrary to the “facts” as we “observe” them (the length of days, for example). Truth, in other words, is what God says it is, not what human beings selectively embrace as convenient to permit their “sinful desires” (v. 3). Aldous Huxley once famously responded that he had arrived at his preference for evolution and atheism over a theistic view of life because the former fit his preferred morality so much better. When you “overlook” God in constructing your worldview, you can make room for much that He finds abominable. Christians must not “overlook” the divine perspective and economy, either in living for Christ or defending His Gospel.

The Structure: It’s possible that believers today are, in fact, “overlooking” a good deal of what God has revealed about the nature of the world and His purpose for it. We need to have our minds stirred up by way of remembrance in order to consult the whole counsel of God in all of Scripture, so that we can begin to see the world with the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2.16), think God’s thoughts after Him (Rom. 12.1, 2), and bring the reconciling, renewing, and restoring grace of God to bear on every aspect of human life and interest.

In your walk with the Lord, are you guilty of “overlooking” any important teachings of Scripture concerning how we ought to live?

Each week’s studies in our Scriptorium column are available in a free PDF form, suitable for personal or group use. For this week’s study, “Blind to the Truth: 2 Peter 3.1-10,” simply click here.

T. M. Moore

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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