Soon after our engagement, my husband and I began pre-martial counseling with our pastor. One of our very first assignments was to choose a Scripture passage to memorize that would be a lifetime foundation of truth for our marriage. After much seeking and praying together, we landed on 2 Peter 1:3-4…

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. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

God’s power has given us everything we need. Aaahhh, yes. 

Since life was glorious in almost every way, we had no trouble believing this. We were finishing up our college degrees, madly in love, and hadn’t yet been confronted with the does-the-toilet-paper-roll-go-over-or-under great debate yet. Heh. Young and convinced of our successful future, we were confident that his power would sustain us through marital bliss, white picket fences, babies, and beyond.

And then we got married.

We laughed our way through conquering silly stuff like toilet paper orientation. I mean, reallyBut then the hard stuff came.

Job dissatisfaction.

Financial worries. 

Independent personalities.

Difficult decisions. 

Selfish attitudes.

Hard-to-get-along-with people.

Personal insecurities.

Isn’t it crazy how often our circumstances cause us to question God’s presence and power in our lives? 

In our dating years, we had intentionally taken time to grow together in our pursuit of God. Tyler’s surrender to the Lord during our college days inspired a new-found passion in both of us, and it wasn’t uncommon for us to stay up late into the night studying our Bibles and talking about the things of God.

And then life happened.

Instead of craving more of God, we craved stuff like a day off of work, a more reliable trendy car, and for the other one to volunteer to unload the dishwasher first. Oh, we still went to church faithfully and read our Bibles most days. But worldly distractions took the place of the intimacy we once had with our Father.

If you want to enjoy God’s peace and be the aroma of his grace in the world, your knowledge of him has to grow. Where knowledge of the glory and excellence of God languishes, grace does not flow. The channel from God’s infinite reservoir of grace into and through our lives is knowledge of God. We do not study the Scripture for its own sake, but because through it comes the knowledge of God, and through that grace and peace are multiplied in your heart in the church and in the world. ~ John Piper

God’s power has given us everything we need.

You see, God’s power doesn’t change. That power that raised Jesus from the dead? He’s still that God. But our perspective of him changes so quickly when we stop pursuing growing in the knowledge of our Savior.

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His divine power has given us everything we need. But we can’t stop there. He’s given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him. Notice that it doesn’t say an easy life. It says a godly life. Big difference.

Do you question God’s power?

Are you longing for more grace and peace in your heart?

Do you desire to live a godly life?

Then maybe it’s time to get reacquainted with the One who gave His life for you. 

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead…” ~ Ephesians 1:17-20

Knowing you, Jesus… there is no greater thing.

At His feet,


{Week 6} Challenge: Do a Google search and make a list of the different names of God found in the Bible. Make a commitment to grow in the knowledge of God every day this week by reviewing the meaning of each name, reminding yourself of God’s infinite power, grace and provision in your life.


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