Highlights In Today's Reading:
Don't be discouraged! Our hope is in Christ Jesus and what He did for us (2:9,21-25). You are a special possession of God — A royal priesthood (2:9-10).
Frequently we find ourselves in circumstances beyond our ability to find a solution for, and often (intuitively), we begin to inquire of God as to HOW He will help us. HOW will He guide us in our present perplexity?
Our natural reaction is to think HOW — one way or another — the Most High can see our need and supply it. Sometimes we're confident that God will provide in a certain way or through a particular person but, on other occasions, we don't see any way possible HOW the Almighty can undertake for the needs that face us — who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. . . . (He tells us to) greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations (all the problems we face): That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (1:5-7).
Our fears are turned to faith when we exchange the adverb HOW for the pronoun who. Our assurance comes in knowing who hears and answers our prayers. If we know God as the one who controls the outcome of our life we can depend wholly upon Him who knows what is best. Therefore, it need not concern us HOW He will come to our aid.
Recall the Word in Isaiah 55:8-9 in which the Almighty assures us: For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. Actually, God always has the best plan for our life which is beyond our imagination or understanding. He is not limited to our thoughts and ways, and we should fear limiting the Creator. It is never a question of HOW but of knowing the all-powerful One.
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby (2:1-2). Peter was led to remind us that the spiritual nourishment of the Word is essential if we're to live as obedient children (1:14). Our desire to know the Bible in order to do the Lord's will is always in our very best interest. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit (1:22) explains how surrender to the Lord's authority and the power of His Word transforms lives. Peter describes Christians as a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (I Pet. 2:5).
Thought for Today:
God's Word says He would supply all your need according to His riches in glory (Phil 4:19), not ours. Aren't you glad His supply has no limits?
For I Pet. 1:16: See Lev. 11:44-45. I Pet. 1:24-25: See Is. 40:6-8. I Pet. 2:6-7: See Is. 28:16.; Ps. 118:22. I Pet. 2:22: See Is. 53:9. I Pet. 2:24-25: See Is. 53:4-6,12.
1:17 sojourning =b> temporarily residing; 2:2 sincere =b> perfect, pure, without a mixture; 2:4 disallowed =b> rejected; 2:19 thankworthy =b> acceptable, literally grace.
Pray for Staff: Mary Kay Wagner • Country: Slovakia (5 million) central Europe • Major languages: Slovak and Hungarian • Religious freedom • 60% Roman Catholic; 8% Protestant; 4% Orthodox • Prayer Suggestion: Praise the Lord for His loving-kindness and faithfulness (Ps. 138:2).
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 6:33