February 13, 2018
Check the Recipe
Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. – 2 Peter 1:12
My husband and I eat a very light breakfast, often just tea and an egg with toast. But when my family comes to visit, I like to prepare something special. Since I can take the time to add a touch of elegance, I like to fix waffles, popovers, or biscuits to go with the rest of the meal. I have made those recipes many times over a period of fifty years, so I usually can remember how to do it without reading the instructions again. From time to time, however, I have had to go back and nudge my memory as to the original directions. Even if I think I can remember it correctly, I am extra cautious because I want our special breakfast to be memorable—and in a good way! In doing this, I have discovered that it is not hard to be reminded of what you already know.
Reminders are also good when it comes to God’s “Recipe Book,” the Bible. Peter knew that with so much false teaching worming its way into the Church, Christians need to be constantly reminded of the truth. We may know certain Bible passages by heart, but we might have left out a word in the time since we last read it. The absence of that one little word can change the entire meaning. Perhaps a situation we are currently facing would bring new significance to that Scripture, if we would read it again with a fresh perspective. Maybe we knew and claimed a promise but have let it slip away as we waited for it to be fulfilled. We can be reminded of the promise as we read God’s Word.
Peter encouraged believers to read the Bible daily, reminding ourselves of what we already know. In 2 Peter 3:1 he said, “I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance.” As we refresh our memories, we know that God will keep us “established in the present truth.”