Devotion for Sunday, December 4, 2022

[A]nd if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter” (2 Peter 2:6)

The dead are dead already.  Those who are in the Lord are alive even if they are asleep.  Those who stay in sin are dead to themselves and to the Lord.  Being animated is not true life.  Living as the Lord created you to live is real life.  Come into the life which is yours in Christ and do not live as the ungodly do.  The Lord rightly destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  Can He not do what He will with what belongs to Him?

Lord, I live in an age that is so cavalier about these things.  Everyone gets all upset if I do not celebrate whatever they deem right and good.  But You have spoken, and Your Word does not change.  Lead me in the way of everlasting life so that I would realize that I should take all these good and bad things seriously.  Guide me according to Your goodness to know that in You is all hope and an eternal future.

Lord of Life, Savior Jesus, You have come to lead the way for all who walk in the newness of life You give.  Guide me, dear Lord, according to Your purposes and guide me to walk in the way You are leading me, leaving behind the ways of this dead world.  You have come to give life.  Lead me in living that life so that I may grow each day to be more like You.  Let me become an example to others of godly living.  Amen.