I began a series of meditations, observations and prayers in the spring of 2015 on the Scriptural use of the verbs, to believe, to trust, to commit, to obey and to have faith. The most important understanding that I came to through this exercise was to gain an appreciation for the inter-relatedness of these verbs. They form an ever repeating chain as I am transformed from one degree of glory to another. (2 Cor. 3:18).
This series comes to an end with the week of 2/19-25/2018. Lord willing, I will begin a series, “To Fear or Not to Fear, That is the Question,” on 2/26 to examine what Scripture tells me about what it means to fear or not fear the Lord. Please join me and enter into the conversation.
1 Peter 2:21-23
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
This idea of trust sneaks into all sorts of situations. How often is my reaction or response to a threatening situation is to respond in kind? My Lord did not! Think about what it took for Him to entrust Himself to the One who judges justly as He drug His cross through the streets of Jerusalem? Beaten, whipped, reviled, spit upon and then to be forced to drag the instrument of His execution to Golgotha?
Lord, teach me to respond as You responded; to be Your witness in all situations.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 144
Evening: Psalm 69
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