“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence…” 2 Peter 1:2-4
Throughout this week we have seen and hopefully marveled at the way God provides for His people. Isn’t this what we are supposed to celebrate on Thanksgiving here in America? We are to recall and thank God for the many ways in which He has provided for us and our family and friends over the year. He may have blessed some with health, financial gifts, a relaxing vacation, food, good friends, restored relationships, family or material belongings. And we can rejoice over it all because James tells us that every good thing in our life is a gift of God (James 1:17 ).
All earthly gifts are great and meant to be enjoyed, but I fear we often overvalue them and undervalue the greater gifts we have in Jesus Christ.
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,”
All earthly gifts will disappear. Our health will deteriorate, our money will get used up or passed onto the next generation, nature decays, cars rust, homes fall into ruin, clothes, decorations, and books fall apart. Nothing on this Earth lasts forever, so don’t value them too highly.
For those who don’t know God these temporal gifts are as good as it gets. But for those who know Jesus as their Savior the best gifts are eternal.
Our Great Provider has given His people special gifts; namely, everything we need for life and godliness.
This life that Peter talks about is not a temporal, earthly life, but an eternal and spiritual life. In Jesus we have the “abundant life” only His followers experience (John 10). Through Jesus’ blood we are given “eternal life” where we will know the living God. And this life we have is everlasting. We have it now, and we will experience it in full in the presence of our Savior on a new Earth forever.
We shouldn’t think that our life right now is worthless and that we are simply hanging around Earth until we are called to our real home or Christ returns.
We have been given a mission: namely to know God and to make Him known. And in this life God is working to transform us into godly people. The beauty is that we have been given everything we need to grow in godliness. We have been given a new heart and mind, we have the Word of God, and we have the Holy Spirit himself residing in us.
And the more we live out our mission of knowing God, the more we are changed and grow in godliness… because knowing God changes people.
This name that God has for Himself, Jehovah Jireh (The Lord provides), is so important because it counters the lie in our heart that deceives us into believing God is stingy. He is not. He is overflowing with generosity toward His people.
“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!” Revelation 19:6
Looking To Jesus,