“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 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,” (2 Peter 1:2–3, ESV)
As I prepare and study 2 Peter, the first chapter, for the next 8 weeks of teaching at Compelled Church, it has dawned on me that we are not helpless as followers of Christ. After pastoring for 30 years, I have encountered many people that have this mentality when we experience the hard times and challenges of life. When difficulties come we are not without divine help to make it through. We cannot melt-down, act like victims, throw in the towel, reject our faith or become co-dependent on others when hard times come. This is not God’s way for his people. He has provided power for us.
How? Read the verses at the top. God has granted us his divine power for all that we need in this life. When Jesus left he sent His presence, the Holy Spirit, to live in our souls. The Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus. He is our divine power. He is with us. We need to understand this, tap into our faith by growing in the knowledge of Jesus.
We grow in faith by growing inn knowledge and we grow in knowledge by taking in the truths of God, through teaching, reading, listening, and discussing the Bible. We also grow in knowledge or knowing Jesus, by experience Him. We do that through life, through worship, in relationship, while we serve, and as we pray. If you are not experiencing Jesus in a real way, you are missing how knowing the Lord really happens.
So when hard times come in this life, and they will, do not have crisis. Do not act helpless. Do not question God’s goodness. Jjust grow. Lean into your faith. Lean into surrender, and the power of the Holy Spirit, and you will make it through trials and become better through them, not bitter.
Pastor Nate Elarton