DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR VICTOR BORCHARD
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By: Pastor Victor Borchard
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! – 1 Peter 1:3a.
About a decade ago, I had some lunches with a group of pastors. Before we ate, we sang the doxology, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” Maybe you know it. If not, here’s a taste.
Doxologies ascribe glory to God. That’s what Peter does in this verse. He ascribes glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Blessed be the God…” In the surrounding verses he gives lots of reasons why he blesses God.
But today, let’s just hold onto these eleven words.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!”
– 1 Peter 1:3a.
They’re an antidote for our murmuring hearts. Lately, I’ve been a little surprised by how easy it is for my heart to complain and murmur about the stuff going on around me. How about you? It comes pretty naturally for us. Peter offers us a supernatural solution. Instead of cursing the darkness, let’s praise the Lord.
When we get cut off in traffic, our hearts will want to murmur and complain about it for a few minutes or longer. Let’s cut off that complaining with a blessing instead. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you, God, for keeping me out of that accident. And just keep praising him instead. It might just change your five minutes. It’s one of the things I’ve heard non-Christians observe about Christians. They don’t complain as much as everyone else. Today, let’s take it a step further by filling our mouths with His praises, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
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