Good morning! It is looking sunny and lovely today! A man is cheerfully whistling outside my window as others are bustling about. As I prepare my plans for the day, should I do this or that, I must make sure to put things in order of priority. Lately I have been reading quite a bit about prophecy and of the prophets mentioned in the bible. I don’t know my future, but I know I want to be following God’s will daily! I don’t have to guess, I need to read. Thank God that He provides the way! In my own wisdom, I want to keep busy, but busy doesn’t mean productive. Sometimes in my enthusiasm I can be apt to rush the process of a set plan to achieve the final result. I have to slow down and realize that not everything is going to happen in the timeframe that I have planned for. Being flexible is important and I shouldn’t become so focused on one thing so that other important tasks are ignored.
Thankfully, God is ready to help us sort through our priorities. If we aren’t careful we can wind up trying to please others and not following God’s plan for us. Being overwhelmed requires that I take the time to think and rest to not over burden myself with stresses that are unnecessary.
This morning’s encouragement comes from 2 Peter in The Holy Bible, located near the back. Simon Peter inspired by God teaches about making one’s calling sure. God wants us to be fruitful and productive. It wouldn’t make sense for me to try to whistle as I cannot do so, so I shouldn’t try to do as others do because God has different tasks for each of us to accomplish for Him. Do you know what your calling is? Are you unsure? God is a great teacher and we do well to seek Him daily!
2 Peter 1 NIV ( New International Version )
1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
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.
9 But if anyone does not have them, he is near-sighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
10 Therefore my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,
11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
A few lines later, Simon Peter talks about prophecy that is lovely and informs us that prophecy in the scriptures is from God!
19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.
21 For prophecy never had it’s origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
We can trust that the Bible is the true word of God that we have the privilege of being able to turn to for success, comfort , guidance, knowledge, and communication from God! Some have described God’s word as a love letter. What do you think?
Dear Father, thank you for this lovely morning and the ability to share your word with others. May you continue to woo us with your lovingkindness today. Our hearts go out to those who are being persecuted for their faith in you. May you strengthen and give courage and encouragement to those who are in distress and are downtrodden. May you save the oppressed and those suffering from injustice around the world. May your justice and righteousness turn mourning into dancing. Please enable us to fulfill Your will for us today, in Jesus’ name, amen.