Morning Devotion: Read I Peter I

1 Peter 1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

21  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Remember this letter was written to those believers who were scattered abroad, they were running for their lives because of persecution. Peter writes so that they might be encouraged in the midst of manifold trials. We really don’t have any trials at this point in history. Even with what is happening in the world today we have not experienced what they did.

I remember speaking with a lady who as a young girl had to flee Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge and the infamous killing fields of the 70’s

She and her family had to run for their lives. They had to hide in the woods and fields and rice patties until night and walked to freedom living off the scant boiled rice that they brought with them. They had one cooking pot for the whole family. They knew what it meant to be scattered.

Peter tells the scattered believers that the trying of their faith is more precious than gold and one day their faith will be realized in Christ because they are kept incorruptible, and undefiled, and their hope fadeth not away.

These are the ones he is encouraging. These are the ones who are redeemed in Christ and these are the ones to whom Peter says; “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:”

Keeping things in context we find it is amazing that he says what he says just after he tells the believers to gird up their minds and be sober and hope to the end; he tells these believers not live like they did before they were saved but to be holy in all their manner of living.

It is during times of stress and duress and trial that we often turn from God rather than draw closer to Him. It is during these times that tend to doubt and revert to our old sense of understanding and forget God.

Instead, we should draw closer to God seeking His help in the manifold temptations. Never doubt when you call on the Father.

James gives us some light on this as well. James 1:2  ¶My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

When Peter says in 1 Peter 1:17  “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:” He is talking about a complete trust in God, even a fearful trust. Never doubt and never return to the old ways before you were saved. Trust God.

Sometimes things can get pretty scary, that is when we must trust, fully trust in God.

I Peter 1:21b…. that your faith and hope might be in God.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook