January 12, 1 Peter 1:13-14
Peter used an interesting phrase ‘gird up the loins of your mind”. During those times as well as in the present days, many men in the Middle East wore long flowing robe which hindered any physically quick movements or strenuous action. They also wore a belt or girdle around the waist. When strenuous action was necessary, they would shorten the long robe by pulling it up within the belt in order to give them freedom of movement. That is the idea of “gird up”.
You can imagine the difficulty for someone trying to gird up his loins for the first few times. The girdle may drop, or it could be fastened in the wrong position. Or the girdle may drop after a certain amount of physical activity. The idea is that it will be very tough to gird up one’s loins especially for the first time. The second time will be less tough, and subsequent ones even less so. But it has to start with the first try.
For us today, it is the mind that needs to apply itself to hard work– to study and meditate on God’s Word. I want to ask you four questions:
1. Do you think doing Quiet Time is important?
2. How faithful are you in doing QT?
3. And before you read His Word, do you seek His wisdom to understand the reading and bible verses?
4. Do you meditate, or think about the lessons discussed, and consider how you may apply them in your life?
Thought: I must study God’s Word daily.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to read the Bible and pray everyday. Remind me that I need You and Your wisdom to fight the sin and influence of the world on a daily basis. This I pray in the name of my wonderful Saviour, amen.