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1 Peter 1 – God’s Word Devo – Day 2

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 18:1-3 I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.
Read the Entire Psalm

Read this Psalm again and listen to the personal nature of the Psalm. This is a personal Psalm of thanks and praise for God’s salvation for an individual, King David. If you have trusted Christ you have personally been saved from your enemy Satan. God is your rock. Your refuge. Your personal and real salvation comes from Him. Tell Him, thank you. Tell Him that you love Him.

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 1:10-11 – English Standard Version
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.

1 Peter 1:24-25 – English Standard Version
24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

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

Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Give thanks to God for His gifts and His goodness.
  • 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 CAYM (Christian Association of Youth Mentors). Ask God to use Donnovan and the ministry of CAYM to equip ministry to provide mentors for at-risk youth.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

He(Jesus) was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
1 Peter 1:20

The gospel is not God’s “plan B.” He was not surprised by Adam’s sin in the garden. He wasn’t frustrated when things didn’t go as planned, because things always go as he has planned them. There is nothing that can happen outside his plan. If there was, then that “thing” that was larger than his plan would be god. It would have more power than he does. Why did God make the world if he knew humans would fall into sin? Why didn’t God make the world differently so that humans cannot fall into sin? These are interesting but irrelevant questions. What we know for sure is that God is completely wise, powerful, and good. What he does, he does because he wants to. There is no power larger than him that can compel or control him. The answer to these big “why” questions is most often answered in Scripture with the simple fact that he is God. If you are not satisfied with the answer “Because he is God,” then what does that say about where your true confidence is? If you are not satisfied with answers that God knows but are beyond your capacity to understand, then it may indicate that you believe your mind is somehow equal to God’s. This is not simply about “shut up and believe!” This is not what is called “fideism” which is essentially, “faith in faith.” This is biblical faith. This is faith in God. This is faith in the God who has revealed himself in creation, human conscience, his written word, and in his Son, Jesus the Messiah. We have every good reason to trust God when we don’t understand. God’s best and final answer to all of our “why should I trust you?” questions is Jesus.

Application: Speak to God about your questions. Tell him all that puzzles and confuses you. Then tell him that you trust him with all of it. It is not blind faith to have questions and to trust God at the same time. Everyone trusts someone. It makes good sense to trust God.