Devotional for Monday, June 4, 2012
Twilight: The Fatherland
by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
Peter's first epistle is addressed to "strangers in the world," who have their homeland in heaven. They are not surprised that they suffer when they do what is right. They follow the footprints of Jesus.
Deuteronomy 8:1–10; 1 Peter 1:4–5
... an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power (1 Pet. 1:4–5).
God’s people have been born again to a living hope. Now they look forward to their inheritance. When their hope is fulfilled, they will have what God has promised.
The blood-sprinkled people of the Old Covenant were called to possess their promised inheritance: an earthly country. In the same way God’s pilgrims today are on the way to what God has in store for them.
This inheritance “can never perish, spoil or fade.” It is beyond decay and death - just as Jesus’ resurrected body is - and it is unlike everything we know in the present world. This inheritance is “kept in heaven for you." The Bible does not say that the inheritance is heaven but that it is “kept in heaven.” It is secure, inviolable. God’s power guards our legacy.
And God protects not only the inheritance but also the heirs—those “who through faith are shielded by God’s power.” God protects both the gift and the receiver, both the inheritance and the heir. That’s a great comfort, for sometimes God’s pilgrims must travel rough roads through dangerous terrain. Our only guarantee that the heirs will become the possessors is God’s guarding power over us and our children.
God holds us by his powerful hand, through faith, until we take possession of the treasures of the promised land.