10-28-07

Sometimes it’s because of the “busy-ness” of life.  Sometimes it’s because of a particularly difficult time we may be going through at the moment.  Sometimes it’s because of the season of dryness where God just doesn’t seem so close any more.  But no matter what the reason, from time to time we all run into the problem of forgetfulness.  Call it Spiritual Alzheimer’s.  We forget who we are.  We forget what God has done in our lives.  Peter is careful to remind us of what we often forget:  “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Pet 2:9-10).

Beloved, take time with me to stop and remember.  Put aside your concerns and burdens for just a moment and think about how God sees you.  He hasn’t rejected you, He has chosen you.  He considers you royalty.  You are special to Him.  And He has a purpose for your life.  His desire is that people see and hear you proclaiming the praise of the God who has changed you.  Before God worked in our lives we were nothing.  But now we can humbly proclaim that we’ve become the people of God.  We are a people who have received and continue to receive mercy beyond measure.

Thinking about these things may not change your circumstances, but it might change your attitude.  Peter doesn’t promise a way out of difficulty but he shows us a way to get through it.  Remember who you are.