I Don’t Get to Know Everything

Today’s reading is Revelation 10.

How frustrating! Is God taunting us? Here are seven thunders that said something, but He doesn’t let us know what. Why even make us aware that the seven thunders sounded? Perhaps because we need to understand 1) God knows what we don’t and 2) we don’t get to know everything. However, do you catch what happens next? The angel announces that in the seventh trumpet the mystery of God would be fulfilled just as he announced to His prophets. That is, the mysteries that benefit us, that help us, that we need to know, we get to know. He reveals those to us. Let’s face it. Whether we like it or not, our human minds cannot handle all that God knows. But our God is a good God and reveals all we need to know. The question isn’t whether we should get to know what was in the thunders, the question is whether we will listen to what God has revealed. What about today? Will you spend more time worrying about what God hasn’t revealed, or more time living by what He has?

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 11.

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Know Jesus

Today’s reading is 2 Peter 1.

Everything we need for life and godliness comes from knowing Jesus. It doesn’t come from society, from entertainment, from television, from popular psychology, from self-help books. I’m not saying there is nothing good or helpful in any of those things, I’m just noting that Peter tells us everything we really need is found in knowing Jesus. This leads to a simple question. What are you doing today to get to know Jesus better?

Monday’s reading is 2 Peter 2.

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God Tells Us What We Need

Today’s reading is Revelation 10.

What about those seven thunders? Don’t you want to know what they said? Does it annoy you like it does me that we don’t get to know? “I must know.” As a wise man once said, “Get used to disappointment.” Here is what we need to remember. God has not hidden anything from us that we need to know. God has given us everything we need to know. We aren’t God. We won’t know everything. We can’t even understand everything. But God loves us and reveals everything we need. Sure, I’d like to know what the seven thunders declared, but I’m satisfied with the seven letters, the seven trumpets, the seven bowls because they teach me what I need to know: Jesus always wins. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 11.

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God Wants Everyone

Today’s reading is 1 Timothy 2.

Here is why it is so important for us to be disciple makers. God wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Shockingly, however, He has limited Himself such that people will only learn about the truth and be saved if we get the message out. If people are lost, it is not going to be because of lack of desire on God’s part. Let’s make sure it is not because of lack of truth proclaiming and disciple making on ours. Who can you share the truth with this week?

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Timothy 3.

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More Than Knowledge

Today’s reading is 2 Peter 1.

Okay, I’m going to admit it. There are eight virtues listed on Peter’s list for discipleship maturity. Regrettably, almost everything we do to help disciples grow in congregations focuses on only one of them (maybe two). Our #1 focus is knowledge (with perhaps a secondary on faith, but only as faith comes from knowledge). The problem is we tend to believe if we hand people the right information, they’ll take care of application. However, we need to understand as we are busy making and developing disciples, it takes more than just knowledge. Discipleship doesn’t mean just knowing (or believing) all the right things. Discipleship means becoming more like Jesus in every way. I’ll say it again; I have a long way to go. Praise God, He’s getting me there. How about you?

Monday’s reading is 2 Peter 2.

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