Beloved: We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
2 Peter 1:19
Peter is telling his audience to pay attention to what he is sharing about Christ, sharing about the Messiah. He says to the people to pay attention to it as they would a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in their hearts. He not only tells them what to keep their focus on but also for how long.
Peter is telling them about Christ’s coming. Elsewhere in the same letter (3:10), Peter speaks of the day of the Lord coming like a thief and all things coming to their completion. This day of the Lord is in reference to Christ’s triumphal return in glory. This, as we know, is something we are preparing for right now. Much of what we do can be described like walking to a lamp shining in a dark place. It is something we do by listening and accepting that ‘prophetic message that is altogether reliable’.
Most of us have been stuck in a dark place when the power unexpectedly goes out or even having to go outside at night to put the garbage out. Somehow, I think we have all experienced material darkness in one form or another. This, however, is not what Peter is talking about. Peter is talking about the darkness that Christ overcomes, the darkness that our spirit can end up in, having to walk through. This darkness could be because of sin, because of tragedy, because of suffering, to name a few.
The longer we stay in darkened areas the more our eyes adjust to it. I remember a family vacation while I was still in grade school. We went to a science and industry type museum. There was an exhibit which allowed people to go through a maze of tunnels and obstacles that were designed to simulate complete darkness. It was to give you the feeling of what it was like to be blind. The effect of this was very real and there was a point in it when there was complete darkness. My bringing that up is regarding that other darkness I mentioned, the darkness we may find ourselves spiritually.
As our eyes adjust to the lack of light, have you ever wondered about how our souls react to the lack of light in our spiritual life? Our eyes eventually get comfortable in poorly lit places. Do our souls get comfortable with poor spiritual health? How concerned are you about your spiritual health? This is something each of us should answer if we care in the slightest way what the day of the Lord is going to be. The preparation we undergo, this living out the Gospel, is our preparing our souls to be ready to meet Christ when He comes.
I challenge you to answer this for yourself. Take time to think about how concerned you have been about the state of your soul, of your spiritual life. Take time to look at where prayer, at being in a relationship with God, fits into your priorities. The more we strive to make God and the state of our soul a priority, the more it like us being attentive to a lamp that is in a dark room. No matter what, we must keep moving toward that light ‘until day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts’.