“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. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (II Peter 1:3-4 NIV)
What is it that you think you need? A romantic relationship? A great career that earns you a lot of money? To be popular, or even famous? Or maybe it’s just a new computer or a new car. We tend to think we need a lot of things. And through these things we seek satisfaction and contentment. Yet, Peter tells us that only one thing is ultimately needed—Jesus.
It is through Him that we will have all that we need, including food, clothing, shelter, relationships, etc. As He stated in Matthew 6 , He knows our needs and will not neglect them, but the temptation always is to pursue our needs instead of Him. This is not to say we fail to acknowledge Him. We may indeed do that, but do we also trust Him to provide for our needs, or do we take control and pursue them instead of Him?
Often the difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who are truly followers of Jesus is the amount of trust they have in the Lord to provide for them. The former lack trust and so focus on providing for their own needs, while the latter so trust in the Lord that their attention is given fully to Him.
Where are you today? Do you trust the Lord to provide for whatever needs you have, or are you busy trying to fulfill them on your own? Know that the Lord is trustworthy. Through Jesus, He has provided everything you need to live life fully.
© Jim Musser 2017