The Apostle Peter knew something about the Lord’s divine power. He witnessed many of the miracles that we read about in the gospels. In Matthew 14, Jesus’ power enabled Peter to walk on water, rescued him when he sank, and quieted the storm. Peter betrayed Jesus, watched Him die, saw Him resurrected, and experienced His forgiveness and restoration to apostolic ministry. Peter knew first-hand the Lord’s power. That’s why he’s able to pen these words in the epistle that bears his name:
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 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. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.” (2 Peter 1:3-7)
I hope you’ve been pleasantly surprised during this fast. Surprised by your ability to live without social media, sugar or TV? Surprised by your quiet time with the Lord? Surprised by how deep He’s working in your heart and life? I know I have (even if I am a bit tired of fruits and veggies). That’s because Peter’s words to us – the very same Peter who walked on water – are so very true: God has given us – you and me – everything we need for living a godly life. It comes to us as we come to know Him.
That’s right. There’s no magic incantation or formula. Just this truth: as we come to know God, we learn that He keeps His promises. We can depend on His Word to not only comfort us in times of difficulty but to direct us as we follow Him. We – because of God’s divine power at work in us – can respond to His promises. We can grow, mature and become more like Him. To our faith we can add moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection and love.
Take a few moments to thank God for His divine power that’s at work in your life.