They Scoffed – Then They Died

February 2

“…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days,
walking according to their own lusts,
and saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?
For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue
as from the beginning of creation.’
…The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,
not willing that any should perish

but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:3, 4 ,9

Surely this is the day of the scoffer. When I encounter scoffers, they make me think of Noah as he was building the ark. Scripture tells us that Noah didn’t just build the ark, he was also preaching to the people as he built it (2 Peter 2:5).

A picture of the scoffer:

“What is that crazy guy doing over there, building something huge?”

“He says he’s building a boat to save people from a flood.”

“A flood??? Here??? It doesn’t even rain here.”

“Well he says it’s going to rain and everyone’s going to die in the flood.”

“He’s been saying that for years. How long is he going to keep this up?”

“He just keeps building and warning people, year after year after year.”

“Has anyone reported him to the mental-health authorities?”

“No, people think he’s harmless, just deluded.”

They all died.

Noah believed what God said even though what God said didn’t “make sense.”

The Word of God is what will judge people. Those who refuse it will be judged, those who receive it, even when it seems not to make sense, will be saved. The test of faith is almost always the challenge to believe what God says ESPECIALLY when it seems to not make sense. Choosing to believe the Word of God is the demonstration of a person’s belief in the INTEGRITY of God. Only fools value their human understanding above the wisdom of God.