Truths We Love: 1 Peter 1-2
We're loving hearing from so many girls in this series about how God’s Word is really and truly changing their lives. Today we're resetting our perspectives with 1 Peter. (Remember - study questions are at the bottom. We'd so encourage you to spend some quiet time reflecting on these!) MP Team x
I love that God’s word remains as true today as it was when it was first written. In the Bible we see the greatest love story ever told, of an all-powerful and all good creator God who loves the people he created so much that even though they mess up and live like he doesn’t exist, he redeemed them so they could be in relationship with him through his son Jesus! And this is a complete game changer!
The Bible shows us how to live life to the full, the kind of life which will truly satisfy us; a life lived with our Father for his glory! Its not a life of rules or boredom but a life lived freely, a life of love!
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of the imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For ‘all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures for ever’.”
1 Peter 1:23-25
I love these verses, as I often put off reading the Bible - or get sidetracked into thinking scrolling through Facebook would be a better use of my time. But this verse reminds me human things will all pass away.
Have you ever looked through old photos and found it hilarious what you were wearing? Or read a history book or been struck by what was acceptable in society back then? These are quite trivial examples, and yet, if our culture is always changing why do we listen to it so much?
If I spend my time craving popularity or grades because that’s what society is telling me is important, I’m looking for satisfaction where I can never be satisfied; in the perishable.
But if I turn to God’s living and enduring word (!) which lives in us if we accept Jesus as our saviour (!!) I can live a life of love based on God’s word! I still mess up all the time and struggle to hand my broken life over to God, but I take heart in that that is natural for all of us to be sinners - what we need to do is to ask our supernatural God to help us live his way - supernaturally and counter culturally via His Word!
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
1 Peter 2:2-3
Lizzy has just finished A Levels in Cambridge and is super excited to have a gap year exploring God’s creation and learning more about Him and how to love his people more. She is forever thankful for all of God’s blessings especially her family and friends but even more so for his outpouring of grace at the cross! She has loved being challenged and encouraged by MP to dig deeper into the Bible!
1. What do you think are the dangers of looking for satisfaction in worldly things that don’t last?
2. What worldly things are you currently looking for satisfaction in?
3. Read Psalm 16:5-11 (GNT):
“You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.
How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are!
I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me.
I am always aware of the Lord's presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me.
And so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure, because you protect me from the power of death. I have served you faithfully, and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead. You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever.”
To what extent do you feel you can truly proclaim the words of this Psalm? What can you do to remind yourself that Jesus is the best place to find real and eternal satisfaction?
God, thank you that you never perish and that your promises and love for me will last forever. Help me to see clearly the areas of my life that I am wrongly looking for satisfaction that only you can give. Thank you that you promise to guide me and help me find true satisfaction in you.