Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. II Peter 1:2
I feel like there is only one thing that I need right now above and beyond all other things. Just this one for now. With it, I believe I can manage most anything — keep a level head — and with Christ at the center, remain firmly planted.
My needs are few and far between right now. Give me the basics of life and I’m set, but far fewer needs are as obvious to me than this. The battle that rages around me, for me and against me, sometimes becomes as real as a sword thrust into my own chest. It swallows the air in the room and clenches my attention. It’s in these moments when I know the battle that rages on is not against flesh and blood that I need wisdom, strength and a reminder of where the battle is being waged. I feel weak and completely inadequate at times, reduced to garbage at others. When the pressures of my circumstances suddenly blast their way into my life, I find it incredibly difficult to remain hemmed.
It’s not much to ask I don’t think – just this one thing.
Here’s how God answered me as I was going through these emotions.
From a dear friend He reminded me of this . . . II Peter 1:2 — God has given ME an abundance of grace and peace through the knowledge of God. I thought, what? And then I continued to read. In verse 3 it is confirmed. “. . . has given us [ME] everything we [I] need for life and godliness . . . so that through them you [I] may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” You mean I have all that I need here, right now to participate not in the angst, not in the anger, not in the selfishness, not in my self-condemnation, not in my worry, not in my self-loathing — BUT INSTEAD — to participate in the divine nature and escape all these things? Oh, Lord, that is big!
I will need you to show me what this looks like and teach me in these ways because I cannot do this on my own.
GRACE: Gods power freely given to me to meet my circumstances.
PEACE: Resting in Gods GRACE. -Anabel Gillham
Lord Jesus, maybe I need more than just one thing. I need to experience your abundant measure of grace and then, rest in it!