GPS: February 1

By February 1, 2014Devotional

Today Scripture:

 2 Peter 1:16-21

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.  So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoken from God. 

Food for Thought:

In this passage, the author talks about the sacredness of Scripture.  I have always approached Scripture with a sense of awe.  When you think back about how Scripture came to be, it is amazing.  First the stories were passed down orally.  Kind of like a game of telephone where one person told another person the story and that person told another.  However, they were much better at telephone than we are today.  I think of them gathered around campfires telling the same stories over and over again.  Then much later, they began writing the stories down.  This was a careful and meticulous process.  Scribes would take much care in what they transcribed.  Then  there were difficult choices made about what would be included in Scripture and what would be left out.  The word that comes to mind is community.  They were trying to form a community, and they were struggling to figure out what that community would look like.  This is a struggle that we still face today as Christians.  Think about a struggle that is going on in your own personal life or in your church and think about a way to come to peace with that situation.

Prayer:

Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ, whose compassion illumines the world.  Transform us into the likeness of the love of Christ, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity—the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who live and reigns with you now and forever.  Amen.   

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