I am participating in a Blog Tour through Kregel Publications for the Bible Study – 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times by Sue Edwards. Each week from January 15 – March 11, I will be blogging through my experiences with this study, posting my opinions and insights as I learn more about the book of 1 Peter. I’m really excited to be participating in this study and am looking forward to what I learn over the next nine weeks!
About the Book**
The letter of 1 Peter was heard by women who knew times like these. This newest addition to the Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series digs into 1 Peter and takes a look at the stories of real women–past and present–to teach today’s woman how to stand faithful to God regardless of her trials, however severe.
Week 3 – My Thoughts on Verses 2:4-10
A chosen people.
A royal priesthood.
A holy nation.
A people belonging to God (the NLT version says “God’s very own possession”, which I LOVE).
I have many possessions and some I treasure more than others. I make sure I know where they are at all times, that they are kept in top condition, and are maintained to the best of my ability. I paid a price for those possessions, so I want to ensure that they don’t get lost or damaged. I keep tabs on them all the time.
But, really, isn’t that what God does with us?
Peter tells us in verse 9 that we are “God’s very own possession” or translated differently “a people belonging to God”. God looks at us like we look at our material treasures. Jesus paid a price for each of us by dying on that cross. And He did that so we could enter back into a right relationship with God. All that bad history is wiped clean and we have a fresh slate. We are God’s possession. He wants to know where we are at all times. He wants to lead us at all times. He wants to prevent us from making wrong choices. He doesn’t want us to get lost and turn down the wrong path. God wants us to have a personal relationship with him where we turn to him with our daily, everyday needs. Nothing is too big or small for our God to handle. He loves us so deeply and we are called to him and belong to him.
This one verse spoke volumes to me. I can’t stop thinking about it. That I belong to God. Me. A woman who never knew what a relationship with God even looked like until a year and a half ago. A woman who went through and continues to battle infertility of indeterminate origin. A woman who went through years of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. God still chose me. God still says I belong to him. I weep with the joy that brings me; knowing that I was created for a significant purpose. Thank you Jesus for loving me despite my baggage.