2 Peter 1:19-21
We also have the completely reliable prophetic word. You do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts, since we know this above all else: No prophecy of Scripture comes about from someone’s own interpretation. In fact, no prophecy ever came by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were being carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for giving us your word as we negotiate this world and our lives, which are filled with the darkness of sin. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter uses the analogy of the light piercing through the darkness. A small light on a dark night is visible for miles. Each morning, the dawning of a new day seems like a miraculous event as the morning star appears, and the light of the new day slowly overcomes the darkness of the night. Bringing with it the new morning freshness, like your word, brings a fresh recourse in our lives. Our lives can be filled with pain and suffering from the troubles and sins of this world. When in deep despair, there seems to be no way to turn, as in the darkness, we stumble, unable to see what is next to us. But your word illuminates our lives, showing us, all is not lost. Through the Bible, you point out our sins and tell us they are deserving of eternal punishment. Yet, it is not us who suffered for them; you have already placed all our sins upon your Son, who has removed our sins and guilt forever. In place of your anger and punishment, we have the promise of everlasting life. This immortality comes to us through faith, given by the Holy Spirit. All this is contained in the light of your word.
How did we get this? While it was given to us by the pens of Moses, David, Solomon, Prophets, and the Apostles, it was the Holy Spirit who inspired them to write your words. As Peter said, “they were being carried by the Holy Spirit.” Lord, thank you for giving us your word that we know is reliable and trustworthy, bringing us the light of the world and salvation. Amen.
In a world where everything is subject to another’s opinion, it is significant that we have the Bible. Brought to us by God, bringing us light—the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation.