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, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 2 Peter 1:3-4
God’s divine power has given us everything we need for our lives and our path to godliness. When we take a hold of this we are fully supplied, in other words. The Christian life isn’t about just accepting a bunch of doctrinal creeds that we nod our heads in agreement to. It is a power to be experienced and a divine power that saves us and changes us. In 1 Corinthians 4:20 Paul wrote, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” And in Ephesians 1:19-20 he prayed that we would know this power in our lives, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead.
What we need to get through this life and to be godly comes from relying on God’s divine power, not our own striving. According to Peter, this power comes through the knowledge of God. That is, the more we get to know God, the more we are able to access this power. Some people want more of God’s power so they can heal others or do big things for God. But here it implicates that we get more of God’s power so we can be godly and have what we need for this life.
As we get more godly and get life figured out, it isn’t so that we become great somehow, but it is for God’s own glory and excellence. We become like John the Baptist, who got people ready for Jesus, introduced them to Him, and then got out of the way. He didn’t look for his own glory or legacy, only that which would point to Jesus. The more we walk in this divine power, the more humble we become. The less credit we get and the more Jesus gets. And it’s okay.
Peter indicates that our knowledge of God’s divine power comes through grabbing onto His precious and very great promises. We get to know God’s character through actually doing something because we believe in those promises. Maybe that’s where we move from less talk and more action. If we believe the promise of James 1 that if we lack wisdom we can ask for it, then we will ask for wisdom and actually expect an answer. If we believe the promise of Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” then we will actually do the things that God has put on our hearts to do–without fear or hesitation.
When we grow in the knowledge of God and put that knowledge into action, we become more like God and less like our flesh driven self. That’s what it means to partake in the divine nature. In other words, we are changed to wanting more of God and less of ourselves. This will lead us away from the corruption of the world and from our sinful desires.
I want more of God’s power. It is easier to talk about what God can do than to actually get out and do something He is prompting me to do. Right now I am trusting God, along with a small group of people, to establish a halfway house for women once they get out of jail or prison. It is so difficult to continue walking with Jesus if women go back into their old environment, or if they really don’t have a place to go.
We are believing that God is in this, and now it is time to take action. We have looked at three different houses, but none of them seem to be ‘the one.’ We are also trusting God for a supervisor to live there, that could hold them accountable to a different way of life and to keep them safe from old ties. This involves both a larger money and time commitment on our parts, and it is scary. We are standing on promises such as the ones in Isaiah 58 that talk about spending ourselves on the poor and the oppressed, the hungry and the afflicted, and then we will see our light rise in darkness and healing break forth like the noonday light.
God, may we grow in accessing this power through getting to know You better. May we take a promise a day to stand on and then to actually do something that requires faith in You and power from You. May we grow to be more like You and less selfish and small minded, and to put away the sinful desires that wage war against our souls. I can’t wait to see what You will do for the glory of Your great and excellent name!