Have you ever experienced a spiritual power outage? For many, it’s going to the doctor and hearing bad news. It’s going to work and learning you’ve been laid off. It’s answering the phone call that says your child is in trouble. It’s watching the stock market plunge as you’re about to retire. These things and more are bound to happen to you and me, for we have many troubles in this world.
That’s why Peter began his letter by telling us about God’s almighty power. It’s His power that provides everything we need to overcome the trials of life—to live the life for which we were created. If that feels big and inspiring, well . . . it is!
Verse 3 says, “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” What is godliness? What does it mean to live a godly life?
Godliness encompasses behaviors, words, and attitudes that reflect what God would do on earth if He were to come down as a person—as He did during the incarnation of Jesus Christ. A godly life manifests the purity and purpose of God from the inside out. It’s literally a matter of Christ living His life through us consistently by means of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Godliness may seem too lofty a goal to attempt. And it is—if you attempt it in your own power. But Peter was pointing you toward a power that will enable you to live a godly life. What kind of power can do that?
IT’S UNLIMITED POWER
Is the sun shining outside your window today? I hope so, because I want you to consider the incredible power of solar energy. Our sun is a blinding star, so huge that about one million earths could fit inside it.
It takes only eight minutes for a beam of light and heat to travel ninety-three million miles from the sun to the earth, and it arrives right on schedule and in the exact proportion needed to sustain life on our planet.
The temperature at the surface of the sun is about ten thousand degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature at its core may reach twenty-seven million degrees. The sun never shuts down, though it may occasionally flare up. Essentially, it’s a gaseous ball of continuously occurring nuclear explosions, radiating energy uniformly in all directions throughout the solar system.
Every second the sun produces enough energy to power human civilization for almost five hundred thousand years. Imagine if we could collect and use all that energy! And that’s only one second of its power. The sun has enough nuclear fuel to burn for another five billion years.
Yet the sun is only one medium-size star in a universe filled with trillions of others. Astronomers estimate there are one hundred billion to four hundred billion stars in our galaxy. An
d images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there may be a trillion other galaxies in the universe!
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SOURCE: Christian Post, David Jeremiah