I think it’s one of the reasons that people can read their Bible’s cover-to-cover, again and again, year after year, and it doesn’t get old. It’s part of what fuels a desire to know the Book deeply . . . to interact with the Book continually . . . and to never get tired of consuming the Book regularly. It is the need to stir it up.
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am, stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles . . . (2Peter 3:1-2 ESV)
This is Peter’s second letter to persecuted Christians in exile. This is the second time in this second letter that Peter states his purpose in writing to them . . . “I am stirring up your sincere minds by way of reminder.” Back in chapter 1, Peter says that, though he believes his death is near, while he is “in this body” it is the right thing from him to stir these believers up “by way of reminder . . . so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things” (1:12-15). It was going to be vital for them, that as followers of Christ, they were in constant reminder of the predictions of the prophets and the commandments of the Savior. And so Peter determined to stir it up.
The word “stir” has the idea of awakening . . . of arousing from sleep . . . of rendering active. Peter would remind them of the dynamics of their faith (chapter 1) and the dangers of false teachers (chapters 2) and the faithful determination of God to fulfill His promises (chapter 3), so that God’s people might be awakened, aroused, and rendered fully active. And, though we may not be in the same circumstance as Peter’s first century audience, I’m thinking the principle still applies . . . God’s people need constant reminding of God’s plan and God’s promises. And thus, they need to be in God’s Book . . . stirring it up.
The hymn-writer confessed . . . “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it . . . Prone to leave the God I love . . . ” I get it. Life’s day-to-day encounters and struggles can, at the least, leave us somewhat distracted . . . if not, sometimes, a bit disillusioned . . . and perhaps even a bit depressed. Easy to start fixating on what’s going on around us . . . and then start looking for answers within us. It’s because of that reality (in my life, at least) that I need to stir it up.
Morning devo’s are not just some “good luck charm” which, if I do them, my day goes well and, if I miss them, my day’s crummy. They are about stirring it up. A quiet time with my Bible open, and my heart open, is about being brought into remembrance concerning His promises . . . His precepts . . . and His power. They are about setting my mind on things above in order to put my little bit of chaos below into some context. They are about being reminded of the reason I determine, by God’s grace, to keep on keepin’ on. They are about communion . . . and connecting . . . and continuing in relationship with the One who has said He would never leave me or forsake me.
Stir it up. That’s why I keep opening the Book . . . that’s why it doesn’t grow old. I need to stir it up.
By God’s grace . . . for God’s glory . . .