Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 23, 2022

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 4:27-31.

“Now the LORD said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.”  So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him.  Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do.  Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel;  and Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses.  He then performed the signs in the sight of the people.  So the people believed;  and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.”  Exodus 4:27-31.

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God had promised that the people would believe.

“that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”  Exodus 4:5.

“Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.  So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt … to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’  They will pay heed to what you say;  …”  Exodus 3:16-18. 

Certainly, the signs were used and helped, but they were, so to speak, only the means of grace through which Israel believed.  God had promised that the people would believe.  

The lesson for us is to trust God and His promises more than signs that we see, or even whatever virtues and other gifts that we employ, that we think are powerful and miraculous.  

“Then He *said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” John 20:27-29.

First, we see an example of this lesson in 2 Peter chapter 1.  As exhorted, we go forth into this world applying all diligence and supplying all moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.  We may be tempted to think:  “We are doing everything right!”  We may be tempted to take our eyes off God and His promises and rest them on ourselves who are doing everything right.

But then, we remember God and His promises that precede the exhortation to Christian virtue.  “… His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, …”  2 Peter 1:3-4.

Let us first grow in the grace and knowledge of God.  “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;”  2 Peter 1:2.

“10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.” Proverbs 9:10-11.

Second, we see another example of this trust in God and His promises in Ephesians chapter 1.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4. 

“…  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. …”  Ephesians 1:4-8. 

“5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7.

Third, we see another example of this trust in God and His promises in John chapter 6. 

“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  John 6:28-29. 

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;  and I will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:44.

“Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed;  all came to pass.”  Joshua 21:45.

Fourth, and as a final example, we see another example of this trust in God and His promises in 1 Corinthians chapter 1. 

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-29. 

“For what does the Scripture say?  “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.  But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,”  Romans 4:3-5.


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