Archive for the ‘1 Peter’ Category

What? Me worry?

September 24th, 2015 by Maureen

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Peter 5:7

Sometimes it’s hard not to worry. Worrying about failure can lead to doing nothing. Worrying about provision can lead to selfishness, greed, and envy. Worrying about the past can lead to resentment and fear. Worrying about the future can lead to missing the present. Being present in God’s care can lead to contentment and growth.

Lord, I am putting my worry in your capable hands. Thank you.

Playing the hot potato worry game

July 14th, 2015 by Maureen

Give all your worries and cares to God because He cares about you. I Pet. 5:9

God cares about all our hard, confusing conflicts, our unsolvable problems, our energy- and wallet- sapping illnesses, our needling distractions and obligations, our personal challenges and addictions, our rational and irrational fears, our family dramas, and every other draining worry that we carry around until worry gets too hot to hold. Knowing He’s caring and powerful we surrender our worries and feel better; but then, because of fear, impatience, control issues, or simply habit, we take the worries back to hold for awhile. Then we feel guilty about not trusting Him better. He still cares about us. Giving Him our worries isn’t a Christian accomplishment He’s judging; it’s a comfort He’s offering, and will keep offering as long as we have worries.

Lord, take these worries and keep reminding me to of why I left them with you!

A new people group

July 3rd, 2015 by Maureen

Once you were not a people but now you are a people; once you had not received rachamim (compassion, mercy, empathy, pity) but now you have received rachamim. I Pet. 2:10

Rachamim is an emotionally charged word which shares it’s root with rachem (womb) to convey the protective feelings of a parent for a helpless unborn child. Redemption through Christ made us all unborn children in a newly extended family, a newly formed people group whose lifeblood is grace. While we are still in the spiritual womb, “yet sinners,” before any of us were born again, our Heavenly Father extended His love and compassion to us.

Lord, teach me to respond with rachamim to all Your children, those who have been born again and those who are still unborn.

Worry warts

April 9th, 2015 by Maureen

Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares about you. I Pet. 5:7

There are lots of things that deserve legitimate concern. We can do something about some of them. We have little to no control over others. As we work the problems that are solvable we can do so with peace and confidence because God is with us and for us. God is in control and His love for us is the driving force in His plans, methods, and outcomes.

Lord, I don’t know how this will turn out but I know You are bigger than any problem.

 

Making good

February 28th, 2015 by Maureen

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. I Pet. 3:11

Sometimes we stress too much over working on “being good” or “overcoming evil.” He is already good and He has already overcome evil. He has already made us good and rescued us from evil. This awareness brings us peace and power to live out of relationship with Him rather than the constant striving to make ourselves “good.”

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace and help me to sow love, forgiveness, faith, hope, light, and joy in the face of hatred, injury, doubt, despair, darkness, and sadness.

Making good

February 27th, 2015 by Maureen

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. I Pet. 3:11

Sometimes we stress too much over working on “being good” or “overcoming evil.” He is already good and He has already overcome evil. He has already made us good and rescued us from evil. This awareness brings us peace and power to live out of relationship with Him rather than the constant striving to make ourselves “good.”

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace and help me to sow love, forgiveness, faith, hope, light, and joy in the face of hatred, injury, doubt, despair, darkness, and sadness.

Pain and gain

January 25th, 2015 by Maureen

And the God of all grace, the one who has called you into his eternal glory in Christ, will, after you have suffered a little while, himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. I Pet. 5:10

We live in a world full of brokenness and dysfunction. Suffering is inevitable. God takes no pleasure in it but He does offer comfort, strengthening, and opportunity through it. The experience of suffering can educate us spiritually, emotionally, and cognitively so that we gain maturity, compassion, endurance, and wisdom. As we depend on God and trust Him in suffering our relationships with Him deepen and the glory to which He’s called us becomes more tangible. Of course, we get to decide how open we will be to Him and how much we will gain when faced with the unwelcome and disappointing experience of suffering.

Lord, let pain be gain.

The unexpendables

September 3rd, 2014 by Maureen

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:2

He is the Father of the prodigal watching the road, expecting his child to come home. He is the Shepherd leaving the 99 because the one has wandered away. He is the woman sweeping every nook and cranny of her house to locate the lost coin that has fallen between the cracks. We who walk away deliberately, we  who wander away unintentionally, and we who hide in plain sight still matter to God, so much so that He will wait for us, He will pursue us and He won’t give up until we are found.

Lord, thank you for considering me unexpendable.

First, last, and in the middle

June 11th, 2014 by Maureen

But make sure in your hearts that Christ is Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it gently and with respectI Pet. 3:15

The first and last sentences are often overshadowed by what’s in the middle. Defending a position, winning an argument or slam-dunking an opponent do not reflect gentleness, respect, or the love of Christ. Besides that, too much breath is spent arguing about topics that do not pertain to the thing we are supposed to be explaining.

Lord, in disagreements, help me remember what matters most.

God doesn’t give a damn

April 22nd, 2014 by Maureen

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Pet. 5:7

In times of uncertainty and transition, in times of detail overload and busy schedules, in seasons of health, relationship, or financial challenge, nothing impacting our lives is too big, too hard, or too trivial for God’s help. When we hurt or fail or feel like nobody gives a damn or like we are damned to reap what we’ve sown, nothing we may have done or not done disqualifies us from asking for- and expecting- His love and help.

Lord, thank You for blessing and loving and helping me.

 

 

You have always been a twinkle in the Father’s eye

March 8th, 2014 by Maureen

He [Jesus] was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake. Through him you now trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. I Pet. 1:20-21 NET

Before God made the earth, before sin reared its ugly head, God loved us and planned for relationship with us. In other words, you were always a twinkle in the Father’s eye. His eternally purposed and completed work in Christ makes you His child.

Father my mind is blown and my faith and hope are in You.

Aim the spotlight at the solution, not the problem

January 19th, 2014 by Maureen

Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].  I Pet. 4:8 (Amplified)

Just as God’s love is the driving force for forgiving, reconciling, and restoring us, our love for one another is the force for restoration and reconciliation within the church. When we choose where focus our attention, too often sin and behavior gets the spotlight. What would happen if we aimed our attention spotlights on love instead?

Lord, help me to pay more attention to love than I do to offenses and failures.

Feel the love

April 24th, 2013 by Maureen

You should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. I Pet. 3:8

It feels great to do good for others, but it also feels great to be recipients of good. Receiving sometimes takes humility but it builds security and grace. Too often we store up resentments that separate us from others rather than focusing on the acts of kindness that unite us to others.

Thank you, Lord, for all the kindnesses done toward me. Help me remember them all day.

Stay calm and carry on

February 7th, 2013 by Maureen

He [the enemy] prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. I Pet. 5:9

Most of the people we deal with every day are also trying to function above all the roaring and shaking, many unaware of the source of the ruckus. It’s not a competition to see who can keep his feet the longest, but a group effort to keep everybody standing. Jesus already won that last man standing competition. Hold onto Him and help steady the people around you.

Lord, deliver us from evil.

Grace and peace

November 28th, 2012 by Maureen

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Rom. 1:7, I Cor. 1:3, 2 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 1:3, Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, Col. 1:2, I Thess. 1:1, 2 Thess. 1:2, Titus 1:4, Phil. 1:3, 1 Pet. 1:2, 2 Pet.

Grace and peace seems to be the default greeting for Paul and Peter. When any of us have something to say, especially something important, grace and peace belong at the beginning of what we say and at the root of our intentions and purposes. Grace and peace are God’s gifts to our hearts, souls, spirits, and minds and a gift we can bring to our interactions with one another as well.

Lord, bring grace and peace to all I say and do today.

Growth opportunity

September 21st, 2012 by Maureen

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Pet. 5:7

Troubles don’t mean God loves us less or that we do not matter as individuals in His grand plan. God sees every sparrow fall and He knows about and cares about all our troubles. Facing troubles alone can cause bitterness and isolation. Leaning on Him, looking to Him for help, and welcoming the friends He sends to support us turns trouble into a growth opportunity.

Lord, if I have to go through it, help me to grow from it.

Respect

September 12th, 2012 by Maureen

Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God and respect the king. I Pet. 2:17

Some are respected because of the positions they hold. Some earn respect because of the way they live their lives. Flawed and fallen as we all are, all people are due respect as human beings who are created in God’s own image and loved and valued by Him.

Lord help me to respect all others and to live in such a way that any positional or inherent respect due me is replaced with earned respect.

Greater expectations

August 15th, 2012 by Maureen

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation…I Pet. 1:3

Times of transition can cause uncertainty but we can be sure that wherever God leads us, He has always gotten there first. We can expect great things to happen, not easy or hassle-free, but great. He anticipates our routes and leaves good surprises for us to find along the way.

Lord, give me greater expectations and a clearer vision of You in front me.

If you care, God cares

May 15th, 2012 by Maureen

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Pet. 5:7

We are not merely faceless players in God’s big plan, each of us is truly significant to God the way each child in a family is significant to parents. God knows what is going on in each of our lives. Our worries and cares, our delights and dreams matter to Him. He is even big enough to care about and handle the conflicting worries and concerns that arise among His children. God can be trusted with our hearts.

Here, Lord, sort this out, my worry can’t fix it.

Not seeing is believing

March 22nd, 2012 by Maureen

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. I Pet. 1:8

The story God keeps telling hinges on belief in what we cannot see. We walk through this imperfect life holding His unseen hand, uncertain of what will happen next. Faith, hope and trust are unnecessary if we have all the information. Trusting God is a response to life that proclaims and affirms His character and His intentions toward us.

Lord,  I don’t have to know what lies ahead, knowing You is enough.