Daily Devotion Monday, December 17th

Monday, December 17, 2012 – Psalm 40; Isaiah 8:16-9:1; 2 Peter 1:1-11 and Luke 22:39-53

Psalm 40 – 4   Happy are those who make
the LORD their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods.
5   You have multiplied, O LORD my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be more than can be counted.

2 Peter 1:1-11 – 2May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

3His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. 5For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, 7and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.

Because of what God has done and is doing, we are called to be participants of God’s divine nature. In the sending of His Son (born in a lowly manger stable, growing up in a very common family – family of a carpenter, healing the sick, forgiving sin, teaching through parable upon parable, God’s Spirit with Him all the way, even to the point of his dying on the cross for us and rising to give us new life) we sense how important it was that God reveal the path for our participating in his divine nature.

Yesterday, in the sermon, I mentioned how many hymns and anthems build at the end to the point that they end on fff – Forte Fortissimo. Our reading from 2nd Peter does this as Peter mentions our need to support our faith with goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godiness, mutual affection and love. There are a several places where such qualities of faith are mentioned in God’s word to us. Each one stands out because of how the text builds one upon another.

It won’t hurt to hear it again

make every effort to support your faith with goodness,

and goodness with knowledge,

and knowledge with self-control,

and self-control with endurance,

and endurance with godliness,

and godliness with mutual affection,

and mutual affection with love.”

 As we do these things and let them build upon one another we will be participating in God’s divine nature revealed clearly to us in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So this day seek to show goodness to others. Seek to grow in your knowledge of God and God’s ways by reading his word daily. Through prayer seek to control yourself by turning away from all things you place trust in other than God and turning towards God who is the only one we can really trust. Seek to endure even during times of trial and failure. If you stumble and fall, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and set yourself back at following God’s ways moment by moment, day by day. In seeking and doing these things you will clothe yourself with godliness, never fully becoming God but having God with you and in you. In doing all this you will have mutual affection for one another and for others, for God will be with you. And you will strive to carry out the commandments our Lord gave and gives unto us; to love God with our whole being and our neighbor as you love yourself.

Well, we’re got our spiritual direction for today and for life, from the one who was, who is and who will always be.

As we have now entered the last full week of Advent (3rd week of Advent) my hope is that we open our hearts up more and more to the godiness that God has poured out upon the world, shown to us through his Son Jesus Christ. May we be open to Jesus being born in us this year. Amen.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>