There are many situations in life that are “just around the corner” and make us pause in thought concerning what we may in encounter when we make the final turn. What is the meaning of the phrase “just around the corner? This phrase means there is something that is anticipated that will soon be here or soon to be experienced. For example, spring is just around the corner with grass growing, flowers blossoming, leaves springing from the trees, and robins happily gobbling up worms from the rain-soaked earth. However, this can create a problem because if something is “just around the corner’ it means it is not here yet. Therefore, we must wait and hope, wait and persevere, wait and know that it will soon be here. Spring will soon “spring forward” around the corner, and we will once again be heading toward summer. We know this will occur because of prior experience, and because of the promise from God that it will.
Spiritually speaking, there are several men and women of the scriptures that provide insight into dealing with “just around the corner” situations. They, like us, dealt with circumstances that required them to handle the situation in a way that was pleasing to God.
In 2 Peter, Peter explained that the end of his life was “just around the corner”. In expressing this truth, he thought it right to remind his readers of some very important truths to live by.
2 Peter 1:12-21
12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
I find it quite comforting to think that the Apostle Peter was thinking of us and assisting us in providing insight into handling issues that might be “just around the corner”. Issues that we can hardly wait for, or we can do without. Peter is saying he is reminding those in the 1st century how to live, but he also speaks to all of us right now as his words are being read. The ending of his life was “just around the corner”, and the ending of your life is just around the corner as well. This sentiment is found in James 4:14.
James 4:14 “14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
James explains that we are like mist. We are just here for a short time and then our lives come to an end. However, before we enter into our final resting place Peter explains how to cope with the many “just around the corner” events that occur as we live our lives. Peter states clearly that for whatever lies ahead around that corner, we can be ready. He says in 2 Peter 1:5-10:
“5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.”
Peter, without reservation, says that there are certain qualities necessary for a Christian to exhibit and to be increasing in in order to ensure that one can meet the challenges of life. It is a rather simple action plan: add to our faith. Adding to our faith virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and with love. In doing so, we will never fall spiritually; we will never fall away from God, and we can meet the challenges of what is “just around the corner”.
Are you “just around the corner” from a moment in your life that will cause pain and heartache? Are you “just around the corner” from something that will instill joy and happiness in your life. In either case, Peter says ‘add to your faith’. As we turn the corners of life, let us do so with hope and perseverance, knowing that what lies ahead is an “entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”.
Do you have the faith that you can get around that corner. God wants us to have a great faith in Him and his Son Jesus. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? As you turn that corner, Jesus wants to be with you.