"His divine power has given us EVERYTHING
we NEED for LIFE and GODLINESS
THROUGH our knowledge of him who called
us by his own glory and goodness."
- 2 Peter 1:2-4
The first question that came to my mind was, "What do we need for life and godliness?" We need food and water, clothing and a roof over our heads to meet our physical needs. Then we need the Holy Spirit and fellowship for our spiritual sustenance. Those are the basic NEEDS for survival both physically and spiritually.
Then I remembered Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-34, "...Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they...? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lillies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin...if this is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"
Bear with me here as I complete the passage, "So do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well."
We put so much importance, so much money, so much time and energy into obtaining things of little value or things that God already knows we need and have provided for. He said His divine power has given us EVERYTHING we NEED for life and godliness..., but the kicker or condition is that it's THROUGH our knowledge of Him who called us...!
So, How is your knowledge of Him?
What do you know about Him?
Do you even know Him?
Do you believe in HIm?
What do you believe about Him?
Do you believe in His divine power?
Do you believe that He is your Father?
Do you believe that He is good?
I have to go back to Jesus' words. He said in Matt. 7:7-11:
"Which of you if his son asks for bread will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you
are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much
more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to them who ask him!"
What matters most to you, getting the things of this world or getting to know the Father who can give you the things in this world? He said to seek Him first, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.