2 Peter 1: 3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life. WOW—that’s an awesome promise but let’s probe a little deeper. What is everything? What do we actually need for a godly life? The fruit of the spirit would be a great place to start: love; joy; peace; longsuffering (endurance); kindness; goodness; faithfulness; gentleness; and self-control. Imagine how great life would be if we only had these things in our life—pretty good, wouldn’t you say?
But that’s just the start—2nd Corinthians 1:20 tells us that all God’s promises are yes through Jesus.
All God’s promises? Again WOW!
About right now, you might be thinking, ‘My life’s terrible. How is that yes?’ Believe me I understand what you’re saying, but let’s look at the next part of the verse. Through our knowledge of him. Him being God. How much knowledge do you have of God? Just the basics or maybe even a little more? But is it enough?
That’s between you and God, but I can tell you my life has only gotten better and better as I have grown in knowledge of God—his goodness; his love; his power. The more I learn about God through His Word, the more my trust and faith grows. The more my trust and faith grows, the more yes I experience in my life.
Let’s look at the first part of the verse again: His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life. It doesn’t say will give—it says has given, meaning God’s already given it to you. You already have everything you need for a godly life! That certainly changes things, doesn’t it?
In my book, Broken Trust, I use a butterfly to symbolize the struggle of the main character to change—to become a better person. I think we can use that same butterfly to symbolize our spiritual struggles as well. A caterpillar doesn’t look a thing like a beautiful butterfly. In fact, I think they’re a little creepy looking…with all those legs.
But the caterpillar possesses all that it needs to become the beautiful butterfly.
This verse assures us that we already possess all that we need to become the beautiful creature that God created us to be. Just like the caterpillar it’s in there but we have to go through the steps of metamorphosis to become that beautiful creature. Metamorphosis is not an easy process for the caterpillar and it’s not necessarily easy for us either. Some of those steps can be painful and so much longer than we expected.
But God’s power has given us all that we need for the journey.