Wednesday Reading the Word Devotions

2 Peter 1.12-21

12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, 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 of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

It’s easy to look at the words we see each day, no matter where they come form and just see them as the works of just people.  And most words we read each day, that is what they are.  But Peter reminds us that the words we read in Scripture are so much more than that.  Not words of human origin, they are words from God.

How do we read God’s words each day?  Are we hearing the word of God speaking to us?  Are we hearing God give us more than just words of wisdom, but his very being, as well as helping us to see our own being?  God gives us these words, today and every day, to give us faith and to remind us that we are his children and he loves us.

What does God say to you today of his love?  What does he say to you about who you are?  From the beginning of his words to us, the last words we will hear, God reminds us of what Peter says as he quotes from Hosea and as they both state what God said to Adam, and all who follow.  You are loved and you are my people. 

We can search the words of God for many details about life and our future, but nothing is more important than this knowledge that God places in his word for us.

SongGreat Are You Lord


O Lord, our God, you have given to us the glorious gospel of our risen Saviour and Master: Grant that as we joyfully receive the good news for ourselves, so we may gratefully share it with others, and ever give glory to you, by whose grace alone we are what we are: through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.