The readings for today are
1 Peter 2: 1 – 3: “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted and seen that the Lord is good.” (NIV)
Proverbs 9: 6: “Forsake the foolish, and live; and go on in the way of understanding.” (KJV)
Psalm 134: “Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, and minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.” (NIV)
Actually, I could have picked just one of these verses as all were choices for me to base today’s devotion on, but I envisioned a connection and progression, so I opted for all three.
In the first, we see traits we are to rid ourselves of. My personal belief is that doing so is a journey, a life-long effort that won’t be completely successful until we receive our crowns way up yonder. Hypocrisy is an easy one to use as an example because, (and please don’t be offended), I believe that at some level we all fall short of the standards we set for ourselves and thereby become hypocritical, at least momentarily. But we can grow and keep trying and doing better.
As we look at Proverbs 9:6, let’s examine the way we spend our time. Sometimes I waste time. Sometimes I need to decompress, but sometimes I watch TV shows, perseverating on the news, or I look at my phone when I could be doing something that would further the Kingdom.
Turning toward Psalm 134, and then backing up to Peter’s recommendation to crave spiritual milk, I am encouraged that I can take a step in my journey today. I can do one thing to leave folly behind and better fill my time with Godly things. I can find a new way to offer up praise to God. Satan, the great discourager, tells me that I have so many flaws that there is no use to bother. But I know I can do one thing. I think I will pick being more aware of the Sabbath and setting more time aside. In addition to attending church, I can pray more and spend more time enjoying the company of family and friends. I think I will stop using that day to get ready for the work week.
I hope this inspires you to also take a step in your journey, whatever that may be. Let’s praise the Lord in spirit together today! As I write, the Coronavirus pandemic is all around us. I wonder what the world will be like on April 28, 2020, when this is viewed by our church members. In light of this catastrophe, I believe that most of us will have the opportunity to re-evaluate how we spend our time. Let’s do it well and change as God calls us to.
We need a song. How about one by Rich Mullins:
“Oh God, you are my God, And I will ever praise you
Oh God, you are my God, And I will ever praise you
And I will seek you in the morning. And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And STEP BY STEP you lead me, And I will follow you all of my days!
Dear Heavenly Father, Please show each of us one thing we could do today that would bring spiritual growth to us and praise to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer Concern: Those who are mourning and especially those who do not have the hope we have in Your Son.