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1 Peter 4:12-19 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 111:1-5 Hallelujah!
I will praise the Lord with all my heart
in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
2 The Lord’s works are great,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 All that he does is splendid and majestic;
his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He has provided food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
Read the Entire Psalm

Will God change? No. His righteousness endures. He will remember his covenant forever. He will sustain the earth until He ushers in a new heaven and earth. He will always be gracious and compassionate. He provides. His works are great. How do you respond to the reality of an unchanging compassionate God? Respond as this Psalm began with the word Hallelujah – praise the Lord. Speak words of praise to Him now. 

1 Peter 4:12-19 – Christian Standard Bible
12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you, as if something unusual were happening to you. 13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler. 16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

18 And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?

19 So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator while doing what is good.

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 the River Youth team in Thailand. They will be sharing the story of the gospel with the group they are meeting with tomorrow and will be sharing some other bible stories. Pray that the seeds planted would grow and bear fruit.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
Everyone will experience judgment. That sounds terrible, but remember there is a kind of judgment that is in your favor. When the believer stands before God and hears “Well done, good and faithful servant,” that is a kind of judgment. We are used to thinking of judgment as a negative thing. When an official at a track meet makes the judgment that you won the race, you certainly don’t mind that kind of judgment. Paul wrote, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”(1 Cor. 9). He was pushing himself, even through his suffering, towards a “judgment.” He ran to hear God say, “winner!” His confidence in that outcome was not in his ability to run, but in God’s grace in his life. Now, from that place of confidence, he gave himself over to training. This is grace and grit at work in tandem. God’s grace was his confidence, his own “gritty” training was his choice.