Our Daily Bread: Forwarded
- READ: 2 Peter 1:2-11 Appended
If these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful
in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 1:8
On a recent trip, my wife was seated near a mother with a young boy on his
first flight. As the plane took off, he exclaimed, “Mom, look how high we are!
And everything’s getting smaller!” A few minutes later he shouted, “Are those
clouds down there? What are they doing under us?” As time passed, other
passengers read, dozed, and lowered their window shades to watch the in-flight
video. This boy, however, remained glued to the window, absorbed in the wonder
of all he was seeing.
For “experienced travelers” in the Christian life, there can be great danger in
losing the wonder. The Scriptures that once thrilled us may become more familiar
and academic. We may fall into the lethargy of praying with our minds but not
Peter urged the early followers of Christ to continue growing in their faith,
virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness,
and love (2 Peter 1:5-7). He said, “If these things are yours and abound [or
are increasing], you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of
our Lord Jesus Christ” (v.8). Without them we become blind and forget the
marvel of being cleansed from our sins (v.9).
May God grant us all grace to keep growing in the wonder of knowing Him. —David
On such love, my soul, still ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free;
Say, while lost in holy wonder,
“Why, O Lord, such love to me?” —Kent
Continual growing in Christ comes from a deepening knowledge of Him.
2 Peter 1:2-11
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of
Jesus our Lord.
Confirming One’s Calling and Election 3 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. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and
precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to
goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control,
perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual
affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities
in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and
unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not
have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from
their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your
calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and
you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior
1. 2 Peter 1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here
to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.
- READ: Psalm 31:9-15
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! —Psalm 31:9
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on
September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental
images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and
the world following those tragic events. The loss of thousands of lives
was compounded by the depth of loss felt corporately—a lost sense of
security as a country. The sorrow of loss, personal and corporate, will
always accompany the memory of the events of that day.
Those horrific events are not the only painful memories of September 11. It
also marks the anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. Jim’s loss is
felt deeply within our family and
his circle of friends.
No matter what kind of sorrow we experience, there is only one real
comfort—the mercy of God. David, in his own heartache, cried to his
heavenly Father, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:9). Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts.
In all losses, we can turn to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who alone can heal our brokenness and grief. —Bill Crowder
We have a Friend
who’ll never leave,
Who’s closer than a brother;
He’s there to meet our deepest needs,
To comfort like no other. —Sper
When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.