Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-11
The promise: “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3)
Observation: Peter begins his second letter to believers by confirming that when we put our faith in Jesus, we receive everything we need to live a life that honors our Father in heaven. In addition, we experience the fulfillment of the promises God made to us throughout the Scriptures. When we acknowledge and respond to his promises, we grow in our faith. Peter finishes by encouraging the believers to work hard to honor the calling God has placed on their lives.
Application: Let’s start off our day with a little truth time: I have no idea what I’m doing as a mom. I live my life based off a series of relatively uneducated guesses. How is it possible that you have to pass a test to drive a car or be a teacher, but they’ll let you take a real, live human home from the hospital without any qualifications whatsoever? I. Was. Not. Ready. (Eight weeks later, I’m pretty sure I’m still not ready.)
I’ve spent a lot of days (and let’s be honest, sleepless nights!) wishing that someone would have prepared me better, given me everything I needed to succeed at this motherhood thing. I didn’t even know I was supposed to burp my poor baby for the first week of his life until one loving fellow mama friend graciously pointed out my mistake. Shouldn’t there be a manual or mandatory class or something to teach you these things?!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there is always more to learn – and unfortunately, there’s no manual or magical class that can give you everything you need in advance. The only way I learn more about my sweet little boy is by spending more time with him – listening and watching – and developing a relationship where I can instinctually understand what he really needs. I have to know him well to love him well.
I find the same is true with God. I have to truly know him – who he is, what he’s done, what he’s promised us – so that I can live a life that honors him.
When we study the promises of God, we begin to deepen our understanding of who he is and who he’s created us to be. Here’s how Peter puts it:
“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” (verse 4)
These promises aren’t circumstantial; they’re forever. They’re not just feel-good verses we can slap on notepads and coffee mugs and desktop backgrounds; the promises of God are living, breathing assurances full of power and peace. He offers them graciously and freely and invites us to respond. (verse 5)
“In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Colossians 2:3
To respond to God’s promises and experience their true peace and power, we must first know them.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” (verse 3)
He’s given us everything we need to honor him. Everything! There are hundreds of promises sprinkled throughout the Bible, promises that provide us with hope, peace, freedom, and life. We simply need to know them, unlock them, let them take root in our hearts and our everyday lives – and soon we’ll receive instruction on how to live the godly life he desires for us.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll begin to know those promises, and as we do, we’ll begin to better know the God who made them. We’ll also make an effort to memorize those promises – and I encourage you not to skip over this part. There’s something powerful about learning Scripture, tucking it away in your heart and drawing upon it when you need it most. I pray we’ll press in together, let the knowledge of who he is saturate our hearts and grow closer and closer to our Creator, Father, and Provider.
“The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (verse 8)
Prayer: God, thank you for who you are – our ever-present, never-failing God. Thank you for your promises that bring us hope and life and peace. I pray we’ll learn them, let them sink into our hearts, and guide our lives to align more closely with your will for us. Amen.
Digging Deeper: Take a few minutes to memorize today's focus verse. Write it on a sticky note to put on your car dashboard or mirror, set it as the lock screen on your phone, say it aloud a few times throughout the day -- whatever will help make it stick.