God’s Truth for Trying Times - 4/22/20


God’s Truth for Trying Times - 4/22/20


We need God’s truth in trying times. Read the Scripture passage, think about what it is saying, then pray; by yourself or with your household. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly (Col. 3:16).


READ: 1 Peter 2:13-17


“Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:13-17‬)


CONSIDER: These verses are telling us to do something for Christ's sake. When it's for Jesus, we want to be extra careful to practice whatever God is saying to do. Especially in these times in which we are living right now, where we are tempted to listen to our own mind rather than the Word of God or the wisdom counsel of fellow believers, what are the implications of following these instructions? It's interesting that verse 16 says live as people who are free, when we are also being told to voluntarily restrict our freedom.


THINK: What does this declare about God? What are God’s people being called to do? What assurance is given? How does the Word of God transform our hearts and lives and relationships?


PRAY:‬‬ Pray these verses to God as a prayer. Pour out your heart in praise to God. Pray for others. Present needs to Him.