From: November 27, 2018
Scripture for today: Daniel 4:1-37; 2 Peter 1:1-21; Psalm 119:97-112; Proverbs 28:17-18
From: November 27, 2017
Peter referred to his mortal body as a “tent,” recognizing its temporal nature and the promised hope of exchanging it for an eternal one at the Lord’s return. In the meantime, he was determined to continue “stirring up” the faith of those the Lord had entrusted to him. Peter knew the manner of his death from the Lord Jesus Himself, who “showed” him of it after His resurrection (John 21:18-22). Peter had declared his willingness to die for Jesus on the night of the last supper, but had instead denied Him three times. When Jesus reinstated Peter, asking him three times whether he loved Him, He essentially let Peter know that he was going to get his chance to give his life for Jesus after all. According to the early church fathers, Peter was crucified in Rome under Nero. He was crucified upside down at his own request, since he saw himself unworthy of being crucified as Jesus was. Peter may have stumbled early in his faith, but he finished well. He has “put off” his tent, awaiting the Day when all the saints shall “put on” new ones, fit for eternity.
From: November 27, 2016
After Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream, he boldly added advice that the king repent of sin and heed God’s warning. What a special relationship God had given Daniel with the king, that he could be so bold without the king’s reprisal! Yet, Nebuchadnezzer didn’t repent, and after a year went by, his nightmare became a reality. God humbled the prideful king. I wonder why God chose to give this pagan Babylonian king such revelations? And why did God provide not only dreams, but also a faithful interpreter in Daniel? It reminds me of how God gave the Egyptian Pharaoh a dream, and then sent him Joseph to interpret it. What was God’s overarching purpose in giving such revelations to pagan kings and providing godly men to interpret them? Perhaps it was at least twofold: 1) God revealed Himself to them that they might repent and believe. 2) God provided godly prophets to find favor with the pagan kings, so that God’s people might prosper even while exiled in a foreign land. How might Daniel’s relationship with Nebuchadnezzar be applied to how we relate to worldly kings, presidents, governors and employers today?
From: November 27, 2015
I’m thankful that the apostle Peter was “careful to ensure” that we have “reminders” from him to “stir” us up for the Lord. He surely had assurance from God that his writings would endure as they had been inspired by the Holy Spirit and were given for our encouragement and edification. Peter knew that he would not always be present, but his letters would live on. He wrote with an awareness of his soon “decease” (Greek: ἔξοδον, “exodus” – death, departure), knowing as the Lord Jesus had told him, that he would shortly “put off his tent.” Peter and the other apostles left us the spiritual legacy of the New Testament Scriptures. I’m thankful to God that He gave them not only the inspiration, but also the commission to write, so that we might “always have a reminder of these things.”
From: November 27, 2014
Why head out into the darkness without a light to shine the way? Every morning we face a new day. Perhaps we think that the experiences of the days behind us will inform our direction forward, but who knows what a new day holds? Only the Lord. Stop stumbling and groping through life, blindly facing another day. Let God’s Word light your path.
From: November 27, 2013
Peter wrote that the gospel message that he and the other apostles preached was not man made myth, but eyewitness testimony. He knew that he would not live long in the flesh, so he was determined to make this clear before his passing. He saw the unveiled Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, he witnessed the empty tomb and the risen Savior, he joined him walking on the water. Peter knew the message he shared was true because he was there to see it. We can know that it is true by believing his testimony.
From: November 27, 2012
Don’t head out into the darkness without a light to shine the way. Every morning we face a new day. Perhaps we think that the experiences of the days behind us will inform our direction forward, but who knows what a new day holds? Only the Lord. Stop stumbling and groping through life, blindly facing another day. Let God’s Word light your way.
From: November 27, 2011
King Nebuchadnezzar learned this first hand after his pride caused him to over-reach. Pride takes many forms, some more subtle than others, even disguising itself as modesty. But God recognizes it. The heart of pride is in opposition to God. Better to humble yourself than be humbled by God.