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The Problem With Newness - Part 2

In an earlier devotional (Aug. 4), it was shown that Peter had chosen to spend whatever precious moments of his life that he had “stirring [fellow Christians] up by way of reminder,” that is, reminding them of what they already knew. Though human nature is to crave new facts, discoveries, and secrets, often what the soul needs is old truth. Skimming over what is known for the sake of maturing is actually the enemy of maturing.

There is no better place to start exercising the mental muscles required for this habit than the qualities that Peter referred to in his letter:

“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7

“Supplement your faith with virtue.” Where can you add virtue into your faith? What IS virtuous? Maybe a fear that needs conquering or a comfort that needs to be surrendered?

“[Supplement this] virtue with knowledge.” Is there any knowledge that, when added to the virtue in your life, could improve it? For example, perhaps a deeper understanding of God’s sovereignty could solidify your resolve to surrender a comfort.

“[Supplement this] knowledge with self-control.” Is there anything that you understand and know, but that you aren’t exerting enough self-control to live consistently with? If so, commit and ask God to help you.

These are just some of the priceless jewels that lie dormant inside of this treasure trunk of “old truth” verses. We just need to slow down enough to open it up and behold what is inside of it.

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"Helping" God

As people, we tend to be impatient. We expect something to happen, it’s not happening, so maybe we’ll just help it along. “Take matters into our own hands” as the saying goes. While the Christian faith is a faith of action, it is also a faith of patience. We can see what happened Biblically when people failed to wait on the Lord.
In 1 Sam. 13, Saul is not-so-patiently waiting for Samuel to show up at Gilgal. Only priests were to present offerings to God. The crowds were getting restless, so Saul does a DIY (do it yourself) burnt offering. Perhaps the smoke is still rising when Samuel shows up. Saul has all kinds of “reasons” for rushing ahead without Samuel, but Samuel tells him it was foolish to break the command of God and that his kingdom will not continue (1 Sam. 13:8-14).
Abram and Sarai are another example. God said the offspring would come from Abraham’s body but Abram and Sarai were not getting any younger. Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai” (Gen 16:1-2). This rush to “help” God provide an offspring made for all kinds of headaches.
Where are we growing impatient? Is a call to action prompted by the Holy Spirit or is it just a quick-fix to end the waiting? God doesn’t need our “help;” let’s wait on Him.

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