When you come to the end of your life, will you be disappointed?
- Hugo Grotius, the father of modern international law, said at the end, "I have accomplished nothing in my life."
- John Quincy Adams, our 6th President wrote in his diary, "My life has been spent in vain and idle aspirations..."
- Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this for his epitaph? "Here lies one who meant well, who tried a little, and failed much."
The ultimate disappointment would be to find that everything you lived for- has been in vain. To come to the end of your life and find out that your faith was in vain. Peter's writing to a group of people who realize their end could be imminent. They're about to face fiery persecution and so they need to know whether their hope is solid or whether it's in vain. They need to know that they will not experience ultimate disappointment.
If you look at the last word in verse 6, that's what that word "confounded" means-disappointed. Peter says "Here's how you can know that you will not be confounded, you will not be ultimately disappointed. Here's a rock-solid foundation. There's a stone that will keep you from being disappointed."