“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.” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV)
Sometimes, it is difficult for us to grasp that God is a God of full provision. His gifts to us are not partial, or somewhat adequate – His provisions for us are full and complete.
Nothing is more complete than what He provides for us through His Son, Jesus. Through Jesus, we have God’s full provision of our salvation. This is more than just the forgiveness of our sins. Salvation includes rescue and deliverance from our sins; healing for our bodies, souls, and spirits – and a renewal to our divine purpose (why we were created in the first place).
All these aspects, of our salvation, we will explore in the days ahead – but, for now, let us just say that all we have received is nothing short of amazing.
I will say it again: Our God is a God of full and complete provision.
This is exactly the focus of the apostle Peter, in our Scripture verse above. God’s divine power “has given” (literally an action completed in the past, continuing into the future) us “everything” (literally “all things” needed to enable us to live our lives as God would desire us to live). In short, God has fully supplied us with all that we need to be what He wants us to be – starting at the very moment we receive Jesus, and continuing (from that point) for the rest of our lives.
But here is the problem we often face. We do not always live in God’s provision for us.
It is a bit like this…
Suppose you have a chance meeting with a childhood friend. In the course of “catching up”with your old friend, you discover that life has not been good for him. Events and circumstances led him to a life of poverty – he became homeless… then, a beggar, and eventually, a thief – just to try and make ends meet.
His sad tale touches your heart. And you, being a multi-milliionaire (wouldn’t that be nice!), decide to turn your chance encounter into his golden opportunity. You reach into your pocket, pull out your checkbook and write out a check for a million dollars (did I mention how wealthy you are!). You place it in his hand, say your farewells, and leave – knowing that you have just turned his days of poverty into a thing of the past.
Then, a year later… you read about your friend, in the local paper. You are shocked to find that he was still dishevelled, still homeless, still begging and stealing to make ends meet. In fact, he was arrested for robbing a bank – and sentenced to many years in prison.
Then, it hits you. He never cashed that check you gave him. He stuffed it into his pocket and forgot about it. Or he threw it away (too proud to accept anyone’s charity). He had every opportunity to change his world forever – but chose to do his own thing instead.
He was an immediate millionaire – but never accepted his gift. He chose to remain just as he was (desperate and destitute) – rather than live in the fullness that was provided for him.
Stories like this are sad. But sadder still, is the fact that many Christians struggle to embrace the wealth of God’s provision for our lives. We tend to be ignorant of His provision – or to prefer our own ways, rather than live in what the Bible says God has already placed into our hands.
There are reasons for this. We will explore those reasons tomorrow…
Prayer focus: God, show me those areas where I need to live in the wealth of your provision for me.