Today’s Reading: 2 Sam 13:1–39, 2 Pet 1:9–15, Ps 140:1–13
Today’s Theme: The Assurance of Salvation
Today’s theme is only taken from the New Testament and is regarding the assurance of salvation we can have in Christ. In the Old Testament we look at the issues of rape and sins of omission.
The evil of rape
Then Amnon hated her with very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up! Go!” 2 Samuel 13:15 (ESV)
Amnon raped his own sister driven by the madness of lust. Lust blinds the eyes of reason and sense leading it’s captive into unthinkable depravity if given free rein.
This precious girl who was obedient to her dad and only wanted to help her deceitful half brother was abused and violently raped.
In ancient Israel if a man was found to have raped a virgin he was to marry her without the possibility of divorce. However the overwhelming and self centred lust that drove Amnon to rape his half sister is demonic and now takes the violence of rape and channels it into contempt for the victim.
This is the cycle of sexual lust for those bound by it, once the sexual act of violence occurs they feel disgusting and blame the victim or object of lust.
We need to pray for the victims of rape in our day, that God would bring healing and destroy the lies that it is their fault. Let’s also pray for those in bondage to the slave master of sexual lust. Ephesians 5:3
Sins of omission
But Absalom spoke to Amnon neither good nor bad, for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had violated his sister Tamar. 2 Samuel 13:22 (ESV)
Amnon’s sin is similar to David’s sin against Bathsheba which was also essentially rape. This sin opens the door to a time of pain and suffering for David’s family which was itself judgment for the murder of Uzziah.
David failed to discipline Amnon or comfort his daughter or Absalom. In This sense David was not a good father.
The sins we commit can have an impact on our families. Sins of omission also have a bad affect on those around us. A sin of omission is something we should do but have neglected to do like discipline our own children.
Lett’s thank God today for the provision Jesus has made to deal with our sins and lets ask God to open our eyes to sins of omission too.
The assurance of salvation
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 2 Peter 1:10 (ESV)
This is the conclusion to the list of virtues we need to make an effort to pursue which were outlined in yesterday’s reading.
God knows who his elect are and has secured us eternally (Romans 8:31-39), however as believers we don’t have any indictor to confirm to us that we are truly God’s elect other than the fruit of a transformed life and the assurance of the Holy Spirit.
The fact that we want to pursue the 8 virtues is evidence that our nature has been changed, the fact that we persevere is evidence that we have been secured and chosen by God.
So we should be diligent about living godly lives, and godly lives that grow which is proof of eternal life and eternal security.
If we confirm our calling and election in this way then we will never fall into the despair of doubt regarding our eternal destiny and security.
God, our shield
Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. Psalm 140:4 (ESV)
We can ask God to shield us from the schemes of wicked and violent men today. Let’s remember this point as we pray for the suffering church today.