August 26th, 2016
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NASB
Isn’t God awesome?
Despite man’s sin and slowness to catch on, God is patient and gracious enough to provide us with the time and opportunity to learn to overcome our sin nature and live a life that is pleasing to Him. This struggle varies from person to person depending on our nature & heritage. For me, it often takes a knock from a spiritual 2 x 4 to get my attention, as I battle my stubborn Scottish “I can do it’ nature and upbringing.
We saw this week, that, throughout Scripture, God has repeatedly told us, what kind of lifestyle we should strive for: to be pleasing to Him. I must say, 2 Peter has really brought this into focus for me. Having been brought up in a strict Christian home where we were never allowed to question why we had to live by ‘God’s rules,’ I truly believe I have never had to work out for myself what that meant in my relationship with God, why I should be living the way I was taught, and if that is actually what God wants me to do.
This week’s cross references in the Precept Upon Precept lesson really pulled it all together and stuck it in the front of my thoughts, so I now have to look at how I live and what I need to change, to live a lifestyle that is truly pleasing to God. 1 John 3:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 really stood out to me. If you have not read them in your study, please take a moment and do so.
Is it going to be easy? No.
Do I have an option? Some would say yes. But for me, no.
With God having brought His desire for us to live a godly lifestyle so clearly to the forefront of my thinking this week, I believe how we live our lives truly shows if we love God and wish to please Him.
I am going to be diligent in my effort to practise a godly lifestyle… how about you?