TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY, 2018
THEME: GOD’S WILL
TEXT: 1 PETER 2:9-22
MEMORY VERSE: 1 PETER 2:15 “For this is the will of God, that by doing
good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men”.
Doing the will of God simply means doing what pleases God or doing exactly what God requires of His faithful children. In today’s text, Apostle Peter challenges the church over their God-given role of doing good to all men regardless of whether such people did good or bad to them. Repaying evil with good is a very scarce Christian practice today. However, every Christian must learn to submit to this will of God to qualify as God’s dear child.
We are called to please God and not ourselves. The lesson from the response of Joseph to his brothers who maltreated him, sold him into slavery and wished him dead is what every believer in Christ should seek to do or surpass. How about David, who twice spared Saul’s life and did good to his house when he knew well that Saul, who made 21 attempts to kill him, never wanted him alive?
If people from the Old Testament could repay evil for good with such ease, where would we, who claim to be God’s children, hide when today we do otherwise? Have you considered the rate at which Christians today go from one church to the other seeking for hot and powerful prayers which tend to call fire down on all their enemies? Such prayers seem to be the vogue in many Christian assemblies today and those who don’t follow suit are considered lukewarm.
In doing the will of God, we must empty ourselves of all self-desires and focus on pleasing our God and Saviour. We must put others before ourselves. Are you pleasing God or yourself? If you cannot do the will of God in this respect, know that Salvation is still far away from you. Ask God for more grace. He is willing to help you to do what you consider impossible.
HYMN: EMHB 570 – HOLY, AND TRUE, AND RIGHTEOUS LORD
PRAYER: Almighty God, help me never to be deceived by things that merely seem good but to walk only in Your perfect will all my days. Amen.