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Everything Needed

2 Peter 1    Jeremiah 41-42    Psalm 139

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know . . .” (Psalm 139:1). God knows us. Inside and out. God is with us. Wherever we are. What’s more, God knows everything we need and gives it to us! This is the deep and lasting message communicated in today’s readings. Hear it in the poetry of the psalm writer, “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7). See it in the prophet’s counsel, “Do not be afraid of the king . . . for I am with you, to save you and rescue you” (Jeremiah 42:11). And receive the word from the apostle:

“His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Everything needed. So that we “may become participants of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). And — note well — this has already been done, for the word says “has given.” Grace upon grace! In Jesus our Lord, God, who knows our hearts and thoughts (Psalm 139), has already provided us with everything needed to live life God’s way. Fully, richly, and eternally. Effectively and fruitfully (2 Peter 1:9-11). All that remains is for us to believe and receive these “precious and very great promises” (1 Peter 1:4) and to live into them. And how are we to do this? Well.

“You must make every effort to support your faith” (2 Peter 1:5). By developing the family characteristics of Christlike character (v.5-9). And this is accomplished not by accident, but through effort. Intentional, eyes-wide-open spiritual discipline, following the example of Jesus himself. It is for this purpose that we make the effort to read God’s word; to pray and serve and give and worship: to support our faith and live into the gift already fully given. Beloved, do you see it? Do you believe it? And if so, what are you doing about it? Goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection and love . . . these things “increasing among” us keep us from being “ineffective and unfruitful” (v.8). And, yes, they are the product of both grace and effort. May we believe that we have been given everything needed for life and godliness. And may we, with intentionality and spiritual discipline, take hold of the life already given. Amen.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
— Psalm 139:23,24

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