I found the following passage to be especially profound last week, and wanted to start this new week by sharing it with all of you.
I’ve learned that when God continually brings a Scripture passage to your attention, it’s usually because He’s trying to tell you something important and He wants you to pay attention. Last week this passage sat on my desk all week because I was required to memorize it for my Biblical Counseling class. On Friday I was feeling a little down, so I took a devotional book and my Bible with me to lunch. As I opened my devotional book to the bookmarked page, I found myself reading none other than the same passage I had already been committing to memory!
Here’s what I read:
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble.”
2 Peter 1:2-10 (NASB)
I found myself both inspired and encouraged as I reflected on His precious and magnificent promises, which give us hope, keep us grounded, and light our way. How sad it is to think of how many Christians there are who have access to these amazing promises, and yet refuse to claim them! Instead of allowing the Lord to brighten their path, they choose instead to live in the same state of blindness He rescued them out of in the first place.