The river flowing out of the Millennial Temple represents the fullness of Scripture. Some things are “ankle deep”—easy to understand. Others are “knee deep” and require more study. Others are deeper still and we may not be able to understand them fully. Even so, God wants us to “wade in” so we can grow in our understanding of Him and His Word.
Also, read about “The 4 Attitudes to have in the Midst of Trials & Persecution” and “The Futility of Arguing with a Fool.”
Ezekiel 47 & 48
1 Peter 4.1-19
Wade in Deeper into God’s Word
Ezekiel 47 & 48:
Christ, the Gospel & Living Water
These two chapters close out the book of Ezekiel. Chapter 47 describes a river flowing out of the temple. Symbolically the Temple is Christ and the river is the Gospel. The Living Water flows from Him and blesses everything it touches.
In the deepness of the water, we see the fullness of Scripture. While in some places it’s ankle deep, in other places knee deep, and in other places even deeper, God wants us to wade in.
As Paul told Timothy:
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Tim. 2.15).
The fact that we won’t understand everything about God in this life (2 Pet. 3.14-16), is all the more reason to worship Him. A god we could understand fully wouldn’t be God at all!
Why not “wade in” to Scripture in the coming year by signing up for the “BIBLE IN A YEAR” devotionals? This year I’ll also include Scripture-based prayers from each day’s readings.
Today’s Other Readings:
No Power of Hell or Earth
In this psalm of praise to God for creation and redemption it says:
He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. He sent signs and wonders, defeated many nations, slew mighty kings and all the kingdoms of Canaan, and gave their land as a heritage to Israel His people. Verses 13-14:
13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.
14 For the Lord will judge His people,
And He will have compassion on His servants.
God is God. Matthew Henry (Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible) says, “No power of hell or earth can prevent the accomplishment of the promise of God when the time, the set time, for it has come.”
The same God whose exploits are recounted here is the God we serve. He is not some kind of spiritual “errand boy” to whom we pray for what we want. It’s His will and His purposes which will stand. Instead of asking God to bless what we want, we need to see what God is doing and join Him. Jesus said, “… not my will but Yours, O Lord.”
The Futility of Arguing with Fools
“If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.”
If a wise man has a discussion with a wise man, both can listen and reason together, but if you try to reason with a fool, it will profit you nothing!
Proverbs 26.3 says:
“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.”
The only thing a fool understands is consequences!
1 Peter 4.1-19:
4 Attitudes to Have in the Midst of Trials & Persecution
This is a great chapter to study and meditate on if you’re going through a trial, including persecution of any kind. John MacArthur (MacArthur Daily Bible) lays out the four attitudes we are to have in the midst of difficulties:
- Expect it. Jesus said, “In this life you will have tribulation …” (Jn. 16.33)—not you might, but you will!
- Rejoice in it. “But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Pet. 4.13).
- Evaluate its cause. Too often we suffer, not for doing right, but for being hypocrites. Let’s be sure that we are truly suffering for doing good.
- Entrust it to God. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10.13).
So whether it’s weathering trials, learning to walk in wisdom so we won’t be the proverbial fool, or just growing in our understanding of His character so we can worship Him more fully, the source is His Word. Let’s “wade in” together!
How has God spoken to you today? Did you see a passage in a new light? Did you see an area where you need to grow and change? Did you find a promise to hold on to? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In the next few days, we’ll talk about false teachers, friendship, judgment and how to respond when we’re struggling to trust God. We’ll also discuss the question, “Is the Bible enough in a complex world?”
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Getting ready for 2018
The holidays are just around the corner and the new year will be on us before we know it. What will you do to make Bible reading and prayer an ongoing habit in the coming year? I’d like to encourage you to set a goal to read through the Bible. And this year I’ll be adding Scripture-based prayers from each day’s reading.
I hope you’ll sign up for my daily email. It can serve as a gentle reminder to stay on track. I try to make comments that are relevant to the daily struggles and questions that I hear in my counseling and discipleship ministries.
Start today so you can begin the habit and it will be a regular part of your day come January.
You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Google+. Just click on the social media icons. But nothing replaces having the daily devotion pop up in your inbox each day. It, usually (once in a while life gets in the way), goes out at 3 a.m. MST, so it’s there for early risers no matter what time zone you’re in.
So will you join me and, possibly, encourage someone else to do the same. (Why not email or call them right now?) Let’s get ready and grow in our relationship with Him together.