I have been studying from 2 Peter, Chapter 1, this week. And I find myself going back and reading this chapter over and over again. I posted verse 2 of the chapter on the blog yesterday, and I wanted to start by sharing my thoughts.
2 Peter 1:2
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
I could read this verse all day long! The world has been turned upside down this year with COVID 19, and the racial tension that has gripped our country. I don’t know about you, but I could sure use some grace and peace.
According to this verse, grace and peace can be your IN ABUNDANCE through the KNOWLEDGE of God and of Jesus our Lord. So, not only can we have grace and peace, but we can have it abundantly. It doesn’t even sound like it will be that hard to get grace and peace since it comes by knowledge of the Lord. We don’t have to pay a lot of money, go to therapy sessions, or attend classes to get grace and peace. Instead, we find it through knowledge.
The verses that follow give us more insight into what we get through knowledge.
2 Peter 1:3-4
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.4 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.
The Lord, through His divine power, has given us EVERYTHING that we need, but once again, it comes through our knowledge of him.
A couple of days ago, I went online to pay our electric bill for our home. I have our payment set up so that the billed amount monthly is an average of the electricity that we used the previous year. That way, I know exactly how much I am going to have to set aside to pay the bill. I paid the price, so I now have electricity running to my house.
But, having electricity running to my house doesn’t accomplish anything unless I plug a device or appliance into the electrical outlet. Even though I have access to electricity, it doesn’t do anything until I actually “plugin” to the source.
The same can be said about us. Jesus paid the price for us. He sacrificed His body on the cross for the salvation of our sins. But, unless we plugin to His teachings and His words, then it doesn’t help us at all. Reading and studying the Bible is how we plugin and gain knowledge. These verses don’t say that we have to know everything in order to receive his grace and peace; it only says that we have to have knowledge.
I’ll admit that I am not perfect, and there are too many days where I don’t study or read the Word as I should. I let the evil one pull me aside and distract me with busyness. My phone will ring, I’ll get a notification, Joe will want me to come and look at something, the dog will want to be let out, or nature calls and I have to make a quick trip to the bathroom. All of these are everyday occurrences that seem innocent, but they are the evil one’s way of distracting us momentarily so that we don’t plugin to our power source.
So, today, I am going to try and be aware of the devil’s ploys. Whenever I notice that I am getting distracted, I am going to say out loud, “NOT TODAY SATAN” and then plugin to the ultimate power source. The price paid for it was too great for me to let a distraction keep me from finding my grace and peace.
Have A Blessed Day!