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1 Peter 4:12 Devotional – Day 1

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 26:1-3 Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2 Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
Read the entire Psalm

The writer looks to God to validate His life. He asks God to test, try and examine him. What does the Psalmist remember and rely on? God’s unfailing love and faithfulness. Praise God that validation is sure because God has unfailing love and faithfulness. Your life is vindicated when you look to God’s unfailing love and faithfulness.

Scripture Reading

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

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Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Express thanks 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 Amelia. Ask God to encourage her, guide her, and encourage.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
This week we will look at the seven biblical themes, or motifs, that address the question of evil and suffering. You might ask, why “themes” or “motifs,” why not just answers?  The Bible isn’t given to us as a “how to manual” or a dictionary.  You can’t turn to a section that reads, “Seven answers to the question of why people suffer.”  You have historical narrative, poetry, letters, proverbs and other genre in the Bible.  All together you can find the larger themes that address the larger questions.  There is no larger question for humans than the one that asks, “If God is there, and he is good, and he is powerful, then why is there so much suffering in the world?”  On a personal level the question is, “God, if you care about me, then why is this happening to me?” The technical term for this question and the answer to it is “theodicy.”  This word means a defense of God’s existence, power, and goodness in the face of evil and suffering.  We will deal with two themes per day for the next three days, and then on the fifth day we will deal with just one.  This one is the most important of the seven.  It is an answer that involves a person, because the question is so very personal.  This “answer” is Jesus.  He is God’s final answer to the question, “When will you do something about our suffering?”  He has and he will.  Jesus has come and Jesus will return.