“Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home–these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 5-7 NIV).

Jude tells the church something they already know. Why? They need to be reminded. They must never forget. This information is vital to their walk with God and to the life of the church.

So what’s so important that it has to be repeated for emphasis?

The reminder is a double-edged word of warning and assurance: God knows how to deal with people. God knows how to deliver and protect people who want to live with God. At the same time, God knows how to hold people and even angelic beings who reject God and are self-willed.

Peter concludes a similar passage that includes angels, Noah, and Sodom and Gomorrah (2 Peter 2:4-9) with these words: “. . . if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.”

I need this reminder. I don’t think I am alone.

I need to remember that God can and will deliver me. I am not on my own. My survival is not dependent on me alone. God is involved. God knows how to rescue. God knows how to deliver. God knows how to secure.

I need to remember that God can take care of punishing those who turn from Him. God can hold them. God can keep them. God can judge them. As much as I would like to throw the first stone in their punishment, that’s not my responsibility. The weight of the world rests on God, not me.

Dear God in heaven,

Thank You for all the times You have rescued people.
Thank You for all the times You have delivered me.
Thank You for watching over us.
Thank You for giving us security and assurance.

Sometimes we forget.
Sometimes we fret.
Sometimes we flail around.

May this reminder provide peace of mind and heart.

You and You alone are worthy to bring final judgment.
Thank You for reminding us.
Forgive me, forgive us, when we forget.
Forgive our burning desire to wrest control from You.
Forgive our judgemental spirits and actions.

May this reminder provide peace of mind and heart.

In Jesus’ name,

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