Strength Through His Divine Power

Strength Through His Divine Power

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 PETER 1:3

I have to giggle each week as we begin our First Place 4 Health class. Everyone steps up to the scale, taking off as much clothing as possible while mumbling over and over under their breath the memory verse they are about to quote.

Recently, this verse in 2 Peter 1:3 challenged me, and the Lord had me share this fact with the class. After all, isn’t this why we come together, to be encouraged as we share the good, the bad, and the Godly of our journey to live a balanced life? The verse said, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness,” and immediately a thought came: So why am I not reaching my goals? It surely wasn’t His fault.

I began tracing my steps: food plan, check—food journal, check—Bible study, check—exercise, not so much—prayer time, not so good. I reasoned It’s been crazy lately with all the busyness of life. Suddenly, the words “life” and “godliness” popped into my mind, and I headed for my dictionary.

“Godliness: the ability to conform to the laws and wishes of God.” Ouch! I hadn’t been spending much time with Him, talking and getting to know His wishes, much less conforming to them! I thought, Foolish Galatian, are you trying to attain your goal by human effort, running your race in your own strength, counting on self—the very one that got you in this shape and bad health to begin with? That week I meditated on the verse, spending time in His presence, getting to know Him and His Word more. Through that knowledge, you know what I realized? He is everything I need to live this life and to acquire godliness.

Action Item: If you aren’t meeting your physical goals, is there something missing in the emotional or spiritual realm that God can help you with? Remember, He’s your everything! Do some pondering and praying, and record in your journal what the Holy Spirit brings to mind.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for letting the busyness of life rob our time together. I love You, and I want to spend my time getting to know You even more. You are my everything! Amen.

Jackie LaPouble
New Orleans, Louisiana