Most of us would agree that as each day passes we are drawing closer to the end times and the Lord’s return. Many of us feel we are in the actual last days, of course, the Apostles felt the same way. The Apostle Peter gave lots of great advice in I Peter Chapter 3 about dealing with mockers and scoffers. First he foretold that in the last days we would experience a rise in the number of mockers and scoffers against God and our faith. I think most of us would agree that we are already seeing that. When things like the May 21 fiasco happen, it pushes a rise in the number of mockers and scoffers. In chapter 3 verses 3 -7, Peter gives us some good instructions for when we deal with these people:
“3 First, be aware of this: scoffers will come in the last days to scoff, following their own lusts, 4 saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have been since the beginning of creation.” 5 They willfully ignore this: long ago the heavens and the earth existed out of water and through water by the word of God. 6 Through these the world of that time perished when it was flooded by water. 7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth are held in store for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”
Peter reminds us that this mocking and scoffing is nothing new. He brings to mind the story of Noah. Noah lived in a world of evil people and God had determined to bring judgment. He told Noah to build the Ark and warn the people. Noah preached for 120 years and only reached his own family. While he preached all those years and built the Ark, he dealt with the people mocking and scoffing at him. What persistence and faith Noah had to go on through all of that. Inside this passage Peter reminds us that we need to look to God’s Word when people mock us or our faith. Inside God’s Word we will find stories of God’s faithfulness to us and stories that show God is not slack in keeping His promises.
So when people come against you and question your faith, remember God’s Word. Go to God’s Word and show them through God’s Word that when God says something will happen, it will in His own timing and His own way. These are wise instructions from Peter. Don’t depend on your own wisdom, reasoning and logic to explain to people what God is doing. Use God’s Word to respond to mockers. Just as Peter used the story of Noah to remind the people that God keeps His Word.