Thursday, March 07, 2019

Unknown, Known, or Forgotten?

We close our Bibles too soon I think. I have a habit of leaving mine open. I never want to stop, so that's my way of helping pick up where I left off.

Have I heard of bookmarks? Yes. I have those too. But "open page" status is fresh. It's top priority. What I really need for a bookmark is one with a plethora of ribbons, each with an attached erasable tab for me to note the topic or rabbit trail of the moment. (I stopped to sketch out my idea just now. I may need to start making them myself! Watch out Etsy!)

Before jumping into work devotionals, I almost closed the Bible left open on my desk from a project the day before. A heading caught my attention: "Confirming One's Calling and Election." Hey! That sounds good! The first words after the heading drew me in: "His divine power." Mmm! Yes, divine power. That's the kind of power I want working my life. We all do!

I got no further than one verse:

2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
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.

Two words hit the fan! I mean that in a good way. They jumped through my whirring mind and splattered themselves onto my consciousness: "our knowledge."

Wow. Somehow I've heard that verse throughout my life, though I don't recall any specific person or pastor using it ... but the thought that God has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness? Very familiar.

But that thought is incomplete according to Scripture. That word "through" is powerful! Through what? Through what means does this "everything we need" come? Our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Our knowledge. OUR KNOWLEDGE! 

Yes, these things are given. But if they come through our knowledge of Him, it sure seems like our knowledge is the path that these good things come. So maybe if we sense lack, it's a reflection of our knowledge of Him. Sure seems like it.

If my knowledge is the road for provision of divine power to travel, then I think I'm about to start a highway improvement project!

[Look up knowledge--what the Word says about increasing it. But really, just spending time with Him would be knowing Him ... His Word, prayer, etc. But REALLY spending it WITH Him.]

[Also could continue on through verse 10. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF! Goes into the forgotten element. I was drawn to the through these/so that statements. Also the "For this reason" and "For if" lead-ins. There are all kinds of benefits that have a reason, way of passage, or conditional factor.]

[Or just focus on the unknown, known, and forgotten ... how that might affect us.]

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