A devotional by Grace Allick. A five-day
plan looking at five P’s that describe God.
Day 1 // God is…. Patiently waiting
2 Peter 3:3-4
“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?”
2 Peter 3:8-9
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent.”
We can watch the news and all we see is uncertainty, crime, evil, sadness, devastation and possibly, if you watch a certain news channel, it all ends with a “good news” story. A little something to lighten the mood of the current affairs of the day. You may ask yourself, if God is loving then why does He allow all these terrible things to happen? Why doesn’t He just fix it all?
Christians are called to be God’s representatives on earth. Deciding to follow Jesus means being a bringer of peace and hope to the world. Showing the world God’s love through everyday words and actions.
For those who are yet to believe in God, He waits… patiently. He sees all the hurt and pain. He knows every struggle and loss. He waits. He has sent representatives to show His love so that ALL who chose to believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection will receive the forgiveness of sins. They will not perish but have eternal life with Him in Heaven. If you’re a representative of Christ, share your story of why you believe in Jesus this week with someone. If you do not know Jesus personally, do you know someone who does? Ask them to share their story of why they chose to believe in Jesus. God is waiting for you to hear the real “Good News”.
2 Peter 3:13
“But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you that even in the midst of the doom and gloom of the world around us, we have a hope which is found in You and your promise of eternal life. Help us Lord to share the Good News of your promise to those we speak to this week. Lord, for those who are yet to know You personally as Lord and Saviour, show Yourself to them through your representatives. May they bring peace and hope to all at this time. Amen
Day 2 // God is…..Powerful
“The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.”
“Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”
God is powerful. He spoke and his words had the power to create. When the disciples were in a boat in the middle of a storm, Jesus spoke and immediately the sea was calm, and the wind stopped (Mark 4:29).
It is good to remember God is powerful, especially when situations and circumstances can feel overwhelming. Knowing that God can just say the word, and everything can change reminds us that He is in control. There are times when we face situations we want to escape from, just like Jesus when he prayed on the Mount of Olives, in Luke 22:42. But, ultimately Jesus knew, he wanted God’s will to be fulfilled in his life.
Today, think about the power of God. His power to create; his power to change circumstances; his powerful love for you. Whatever situation you maybe facing today, God is powerful, and he is in control. Ask him to show you what his plans for you are as you walk through your situation with him.
Prayer: “Lord show me your power at work today. Let me glimpse your goodness and mercy amid my circumstances. Help me to trust you and know you are powerful, and you are in control. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Day 3 // God is our…..Protector
2 Thessalonians 3:3
“But the Lord is faithful, he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
There is a popular worship song called ‘Way Maker’ by Sinach and in the song the words say:
“Even when I don’t see it, you’re working. Even when I don’t feel it, you’re working. You never stop, you never stop working. You never stop, you never stop working”
Imagine if you could see everything God was doing to protect you for harm and danger. Imagine if you could hear all the prayers Jesus prays to God for you. (Romans 8:34). It is easy to take for granted that we have breathe in our lungs, until you become ill with a respiratory condition like asthma. Its easy to assume that when you leave home you will arrive at your destination until you pass a crash scene and get a glimpse of the fragility of life. God is our protector. He wants us to call upon him in times of trouble. He will strengthen you and protect you. Think about some of the things God has protected you from and give thanks.
Prayer: “God thank you for your protection over my life. Thank you for the times I have seen your protection at work in my life and for the times I did not even know you were working things together for my good. Help me to trust you in every situation. Amen.”
Day 4 // God is our…..Provider
2 Corinthians 9:9
“As the scripture says: “He gives generously to the needy; his kindness lasts for ever”
1 Corinthians 10:26
For “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
It may be hard to think of God as our ultimate provider, but he is. He has many ways of providing for us. Sometimes it may be through employment. He may also provide for our needs through our friends and family. Sometimes, God uses complete strangers to provide for our needs. As London Riverside Church continue to support the local community and families with projects like Store City and Kids Fun Packs, they become the hands and feet of Christ by providing for people by showing God’s love for them in their times of need.
Today you may have plenty and be able to bless someone. You could be an answer to someone’s prayer for help. You can ask God to show you how to be a good steward of the things he has given you to bless others.
If you are experiencing a time of need, God sees you. He promises never to leave you and to be your provider. Ask God to provide for your needs today and see what he will do.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for loving me and for providing for me. Lord, help me to trust you for all that I need. Help me, God, to recognise ways in which I can be used to bless others in my times of need and times when I have plenty. Amen.
Day 5 // God is our…..Peace-giver
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Psalms 34:14 (Mesasge version)
“Embrace peace – don’t let it get away!”
Peace can be hard to find. The world appears to be in so much unrest. It could be the fear of Covid-19 and a second wave, racial unrest, or day to day struggles of life. Peace can often seem out of reach. But God’s Word tells us that we can have peace. A peace that comes from God and enables our hearts to be still and trust God.
Take some time today to be still and ask God to fill you afresh with His peace today. Psalms 34 says, “don’t let it get away!” This reminds us that sometimes we must be intentional about remaining in a peaceful place even when our situations seem difficult. It may take more than just asking God once a day for his peace. It may be your continual prayer throughout the day.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, today I ask you to fill me with your peace which goes beyond human understanding. Help me to trust you in every situation and find rest and peace in you. Amen