"You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." 2 Corinthians 3:3
Monday, April 9, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
In Our Daily Bread David Roper uses the imagery of plowing a field for the first time--how it churns up the larger stones and then each pass of the plow over the same ground reveals more and more rocks. One hundred years ago our property had been farmland. It has become wooded in the ensuing years, but the piles of rocks along the perimeter where the farmer threw the rocks he'd plowed up are still there. . . .
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018
"He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." -2 Peter 1:4
Whenever I see a rainbow in the sky I think back to the one I saw in Florida 25 years ago when I had flown down to move my mother from the hospital there to one where I live in Maryland. It was a daunting endeavor arranging an air ambulance and seeing to her affairs in Florida so that she could live with me if she recovered. In that moment I felt God's reassurance that He would be with me in the task that lay ahead. Whenever I look back to that year in my life I am always amazed I was able to do what I did--another reminder that it was God who enabled me to do it.
When I see a rainbow set in the sky I also think of how God has fulfilled the desires of my heart. I never had the daughter I longed for, but I do have three wonderful sons and one of them has given me a granddaughter (being held by her Granddaddy in the photo). The fact that she resembles me as a child and that we are very close reinforces for me that God gives us His perfect gifts according to His Wisdom in His own Time.
God has given us His "great and precious promises" so that we might "participate in [His] divine nature." In my view, there is a very practical reason for this: If we aren't participating in his divine nature, we will stand in His way of fulfilling His promises. Peter goes on to say in verses 5-7: "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love."
If I hadn't endeavored to add the qualities of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love to my faith in God's goodness, I would not have been able to "participate in God's divine nature" while caring for my ill mother. I would not have been able to walk the path God had prepared for me, but instead would have walked that path alone.
And if I'd been bitter about not having a daughter, when my granddaughter came on the scene, I would not have been able to develop a close relationship with her. My bitterness would have gotten in the way of expressing my love for her.
Peter concludes in verse 8: "For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Yes, as I grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, I partake more and more in the divine nature of God. I can't be anymore effective or productive than that.
Father, Great Promise Keeper, Your Promises are great and precious to me because they show me I can put my trust in You. Thank you for all that you've done to help me grow closer to you.
Link to scripture: Psalm 135:14