2 Peter 3:1-10
Confession: when I was little I was completely attached to my baby blanket. It brought a sense of security and it was always there in the good times and bad, and there were few places it didn’t go when I was young. In high school, I thought I’d fold it nicely and place it in the closet as a memory. That last only a matter of days before it “somehow” found its way back to its owner.
When I graduated high school, I may or may not have taken it to college and hid it under the covers of my bed. It represented something to me that was familiar and reminded me of home.
When I got married my wife told me I could either sleep in bed with her or with the blanket. It’s been weird sleeping in different beds all these years! (kidding) That wonderful piece of fabric has now found a new owner in my daughter who has been charged with protecting it for daddy.
While my attachment may have been with a blanket, you may have had some other symbol you were attached to: a stuffed animal, a particular doll, or some other symbol of security that gives you a sense of peace.
This text in Psalm 146 is asking us to notice what we attach ourselves to our rely on for security. If you go back and read the verses that precede it, it tells the readers to not place your trust in leaders. Merely to attach ourselves and hope in a particular leader, whether that is a particular nation, member of a family, leader of a church community or a company leader, that person will inevitably let you down at some point. There are good leaders out there, but they significantly still will fall short of placing our hope and security in God.
In verses 5-10 we can see what can come about when we attach ourselves to God’s invitation to trust in Him. He brings freedom, he helps us really see, he gives identity to those living in insecurity, he extends his love to those who chose the right way, and he comes alongside the orphans, widows, and immigrants!
We can easily read this and hope others will do it, but to follow the way of God is to understand this is part of the identity of placing our trust in God and not a policy or rule of law. It’s who we are called to be!
During this advent season, we are invited to look inward at the people or things we place our trust in and recognize there is a deeper invitation to place our hope in God. In the coming of the Christ child, we are given a human example to live by. The person of Jesus, his way of the kingdom offers us an alternative to life that becomes transformative to our lives and the world around us. Come Lord Jesus!
You are loved.
Questions to Consider or Discuss as a Family
- Was there a particular symbol of security you had as a kid that brought comfort?
- Sometimes those symbols can be replaced by other things or people when we are older. Is there someone or something you can say you attach to that you hope brings you comfort?
- Why is trust such an important thing in our lives? What does trusting God and attaching to his life really mean?
- Why does God’s way seem difficult at times today? Read verses 7-10 again. What actions are we called to?
- Activity: Do some research online and look for an organization in your community you can learn about and discover a possibility of partnership to help.
Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge that your way can be difficult to embrace. The world’s way offers enticing possibilities and seem to work for my attention. Forgive me for the people and things that I am too attached to. Help me to recognize the moments when I’m too closely attached and in need of God’s way. Give me a creative imagination to discover and more closely with your way and give me the boldness to take action. Amen.