2 Corinthians 3 Devotional – Day 2

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS OMNISCIENT Elihu says that God is the one “who is perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16), and John says that God “knows everything” (1 John 3:20). The quality of knowing everything is called omniscience, and because God knows everything, he is said to be omniscient (that is, “all-knowing”).

Here are a few examples of God’s limitless knowledge as portrayed in Scripture:

    • He knows when we sit, when we rise, and what we think (Psalm 139:1–2)
    • He knows words we will say before we speak them (Psalm 139:4)
    • He knows the days of our lives before we are born (Psalm 139:16)
    • He knows every possible future (1 Samuel 23:11–13)

Praise God Because He is Omniscient
Praise God that he sees everyday and every moment of your life. Praise God that he knows every place you have ever been. Praise God that he knows all without striving to know. He knows because He IS omniscient not because he works to gain knowledge as we do.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray again for College students training right now for their summer trips overseas.
  • Pray specifically for the team from WSU Christian Challenge who will be serving overseas this summer.
  • Ask God to speak to you as you read the scriptures.

SCRIPTURE READING:

2 Corinthians 3 English Standard Version

Ministers of the New Covenant
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

When you look back on your own life history you probably remember certain key marker events. For many people (before cell phones) you could look at picture books and see what those events were. Vacations, births, graduations, birthdays, family reunions, etc. Now, we mark nearly everything with a picture but even so we still have events that stand out above the many “normal” day to day happenings of our lives. God is involved in all the details of everyday life but there is in the larger course of his activity among us a series of key marker events. In the Old Testament one way of looking at these marker events is in his making of covenants with his people. Imagine these covenants like a photo album that you are thumbing through and remembering. The covenant with Noah, read about it in Genesis 9. The covenant with Abraham, read about it in Genesis 17. The covenant with Israel , read about it in Exodus 19. the Covenant with David, read about it in 2 Samuel 7. You may not have time to read each of these chapters right now but it would be good if you did sometime and as you do reflect on what it was God was promising to do and why? As you read of those marker events keep in mind they were pointing forward to the New Covenant in Christ. A covenant written on human hearts. Here is where that covenant is mentioned in the Old Testament (covenant).

Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

As you live in a single day of your history today, try to keep in mind the much larger flow of what God is doing. As you do it will change how you view the “mundane” circumstances of today.

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