I have come into a period of significant spiritual dryness or deadness in the past two weeks. A lack of discipline and the stresses of the pastorate have conspired to bring me into a state of excessive anxiety, hopelessness, prayerlessness, neglectfulness of the Word and of the means of grace in general. The fault is entirely my own, but I am pleading with Christ for the grace to end it this morning. May this be a rich time of communion with him that will flood the dry ground and fill in the cracks. …
1 Peter is absolutely a treasure. Every time I come to it I am amazed by its breadth and depth in so short a letter, and by its eloquence and majesty. I fawn so much over Paul, I fear, that I may too often neglect gems like 1 Peter and Hebrews when I think about doctrine and form my categories of theology and devotion.
1 Pet. 1:1-2 may be the most succinct and concise statement of the nature of salvation in the Bible. 1:3-5 assures me that God sovereignly keeps me by faith and guarantees, despite my failings, that I will not fall away before I obtain the inheritance kept for me. I need to memorize these three verses for my “inexpressible joy” (1:8). 1:10-12 is an incredible statement on the nature of Old Testament prophecy. 2:2-3 pictures not duty but longing as the motivation for “tasting that the Lord is good” this morning. 2:9-10, if the letter is, in fact, written to Gentiles (the near consensus of modern commentators), is a statement of our absolutely unspeakable privilege to have been included in God’s “chosen people”; his “royal priesthood.” 2:7, 2:21 and 2:24 war against an oversimplification of the meaning of the cross by those who would deny substitutionary atonement (2:24) in favor of Christus exemplar (2:21) or Christus victor (2:7) views alone. I need to preach or teach this letter soon. This was the perfect remedy for spiritual dryness this morning.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
UPDATE: This is interestingly providential.