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1 Peter 1:17-25 Devotional – Day 5

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word


James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 44:4-8 You are my King, my God who ordains victories for Jacob.
5 Through you we drive back our foes; through your name we trample our enemies.
6 For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword does not bring me victory.
7 But you give us victory over our foes and let those who hate us be disgraced.
8 We boast in God all day long; we will praise your name forever.
Read the entire Psalm

This Psalm is looking back to God bringing victory to the nation of Israel. The emphasis here is on trusting in God. The bow and the sword are used in battle but victory rests with the Lord.  Take special note of the individual responsibility in these verses, but notice how the blessing is corporate and communal in nature. “I do not trust my bow… you give us victory” Read this Psalm again emphasizing the personal pronoun You and Your referring to God.  Read this Psalm again, this time emphasizing the pronouns I, my, us, our, and we.  Praise God for the victory He has won in your life and in the lives of others. Praise God for the way He revealed His character through His covenant relationship with Israel.

SCRIPTURE READING:
1 Peter 1:17-25 – Christian Standard Bible
17 If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as strangers. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, 23 because you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For

All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.

And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.

The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer


  • Express thanksgiving to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for our Easter service this weekend. Pray for those who don’t normally attend church to hear the message of the gospel and turn to Christ.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
Who were the human superstars in the world 10, or 100, or 1000 years ago? Who had the greatest athletic ability, or the most money, or was the most physically beautiful? Who was the smartest person? The man or woman who had the world’s greatest IQ? Where are they now? What has happened to their physical ability or beauty? What has happened to their wealth? What about their wisdom? If you can, think of specific people from the past. Where are they now? Another way of thinking correctly about “great” people is to consider that they must sleep. The most powerful, influential person in the world has to lay down in bed and become as helpless as a baby, each and every day. Sure, they may miss a night’s sleep here or there, but they cannot not sleep. God has designed humans such that every single day they are reminded of their weakness. A sleeping giant or a sleeping baby are both helpless and dependent. We are all like grass.

Application: Who do you most admire or respect? What great leader would you love to have a relationship with? You do have relationship with God himself. You have his ear right now. Talk to him about your life. Thank him that one as great as he is allows you to be his friend.