Today’s Verse, 2 Peter 1:12
Monday, August 21, 2017
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.
2 Peter 1:12
Reflections on Today’s Verse
Two things I dislike most about the human body is our need for food and sleep. I’d celebrate if both could be eliminated from our experience. Seriously!
We need to be reminded to eat and sleep. We need to be reminded to take our medicine, go to the doctor, or to take our car to the shop. Why? Because we are forgetful people. And isn’t true that oceans and skies remind us of how small we are? Yet, out of His sheer love our Lord provides us with renewed and undeserved mercies every morning—mercies to remind us of Him.
And, for the Apostle Peter, the job of reminding his readers never ended, either. That’s why we, like them, need to be reminded of the gospel: “I remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand” (1 Cor .15). I rarely learn new things even from “great” teachers, but I am always reminded of the truths I have forgotten when I listen to new converts.
How can we do this? Starting the day in God’s word is sweetly combobulating. So important to begin each day reminded of who I am, who God is, and what he’s done. Every time I read the Bible I am reminded of how multifaceted Christianity is. No generation gets it all. Let’s stay open.
Every time we open a Bible—by any reckoning, a serious book—we are reminded how greatly God dignifies us. Such grace.
God made us to sleep—and sleep well, I might add— so that every day we can be reminded that God manages things pretty well without our help. And Like the Galatians (3:3), we must be reminded that the Christian life that began by the Spirit cannot be perfected in the flesh. It all the Holy Spirit’s work through the power of the Gospel in our lives.
Have you forgotten God’s work in your life today?
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Father, rescue us today from an assumed gospel. May we see and savor your grace in fresh and transforming ways. We intend to live today in the freedom of grace, not in the entanglements of people’s approval. By your Spirit, may it be. Father, may I see Jesus’ beauty 1,000 times more clearly today, than anybody’s “ugly”. Grace my heart and seeing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.