Today’s devotional uses the first phrase of Hebrews 12.15. What a great responsibility we have to each other as the family of God!
Christians are compared to a band of pilgrims. While on their journey, they must check for stragglers. Has anyone been left behind? It is easy to wander off the path. In so doing, the believer “turns away from the living God,” Hebrews 3:14-16. He “misses the grace of God,” Hebrews 12:15. Through carelessness, he loses his salvation. Hence, believers are advised to be watchful.
Focus question: How to recognize if someone is beginning to miss the grace of God?
D. Whitehead comments on 2 Pet 1.2:
It seems that the amount of grace and peace that floods our heart is directly related to the knowledge of God and specifically of Jesus Christ. Our minds don’t naturally gravitate toward grace and peace—we keep trying to prove ourselves, resulting in stress and condemnation. But the person who focuses on the Scripture everyday opens a portal of provision to their soul. The knowledge of God captures our wandering thoughts and the results are delightful.
At first thought, it seems strange to think of varying amounts of grace and peace in the heart. But if faith can grow, why not these? Their relation to the knowledge of God and of Christ is direct. So the first phrase is quite right.