Today we’ll look at the next thing Peter tells us to add to our faith when he writes, “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5)
This knowledge is much deeper than just knowing the facts. This knowledge comes from personal experience, and is based in our relationship with God. We can’t really have this kind of knowledge without that relationship.
Relationship goes two ways. We receive from God salvation, faith itself, grace, mercy, love, provision, protection, guidance, healing, hope, and many more gifts that I could list but leave for you to ponder! We give to God praise, worship, obedience, time and talents. We get so much more than we could ever give!
We have his Word to provide wisdom for this journey of life, but we won’t get that wisdom if the Bible just sits on the shelf. We need to open it up, read it, and listen to what God is speaking to our hearts through it. That takes time!
Relationship requires two-way communication. When we pray, we shouldn’t be spending the whole time asking! A good portion of our prayers should be spent in thanking him for all that He’s done and praising him for who He is, and another big chunk of it should be just listening, waiting to hear what He has to say to us.
It’s difficult to increase our personal knowledge of God without intentionally spending time with him.
What can you do to grow closer to God today?
What have you seen him do in your life lately that you should commit to long-term memory, as proof of Who He is and how He loves you?