“If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.” 1 Peter 2:9
Peter has just stated how God had saved Noah from death as He destroyed the world by a flood, and how God saved Lot from destruction as He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Now he states that if God can do those things then, He can still do it today.
Think about what Noah and Lot had gone through. Imagine what it must have been like to see everyone destroyed right before your eyes. Everything you knew was destroyed, including your home. Your entire past was just wiped away before you.
Prior to talking about how God had saved Noah and Lot, Peter had talked about false prophets in this world. People living to please themselves. They may seem to be getting away with living that way right now, but God has a plan of judgment on them some day.
Although several thousand years have passed, things have not changed a whole lot, other than technology and the number of people. People still live in sin and promote sinful lifestyles. As a believer you may look at all of this and think they are getting away with it.
As the people are living in sin and promoting it, they seem to be prospering. Yet, God is storing up a day when He will bring judgment upon them for their sins.
Some of those judgments may start in this life. God promised never to flood the entire earth again, but He did not promise that there would not be other disasters. In life there are times of great disasters that come up on individuals, cities, states, or nations. These can be judgments upon the people by God.
As a believer you do not need to fear these judgments or trials. Trust God and follow Him in and through them. God knows how to protect you in the judgments.
Are you trusting in Jesus and following Him with your whole life? If you are, then God will be with you and save you in the end.
If not, beware that His judgment will come some day.
I pray today that you will believe and follow Jesus with your whole life; that you will not fear disasters that happen; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will not fear when the ungodly prosper; and that God will help you be His witness.