We are halfway through our study of 1 Peter, and if you are anything like me, I suspect you could use some encouragement! If you’ve fallen behind or missed a few days, don’t feel guilty:
Anyone who has ever devoted themselves to studying the Bible has also experienced the inevitable “dry spell.” It’s inevitable both because of the sin that dwells within us and the crazy life circumstances that occur outside of our control. Before we know it, we’ve missed one day, two, then a whole week or month of hearing from God through His Word. Eventually, life reaches a “boiling point” where we get desperate for God, and we dive into a new devotional or Bible study with renewed vigor, starting the cycle over again. What if, instead of feeling guilty when we got out of the routine, we felt thirsty?
Granted, we are guilty because we are sinners, but Jesus took away that guilt at the cross and declared those who trust in Him to be righteous. No amount of reading, underlining, cross-referencing, or memorizing can make us more righteous. No amount of missed quiet times or forgotten prayers can condemn us in His eyes. So how about we stop with the legalistic guilt trip and call it like it is: This world is a desert wilderness, and without a constant trip to the stream of living water, we are bound to be desperately thirsty! –Swim in the Deep End