The Hunt

Apr 10, 2012
by Lynne Phipps

2 Peter 1:3-4 – 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. (NIV)

Remember how much fun it was to hunt for those brightly coloured Easter eggs when we were kids? I do. And every Easter, I still marvel at the beautiful colours and designs that transform the lowly egg into something spectacular. And even better yet are the sweet tastes that a lot of those eggs have to offer. There are solid chocolate, cream-filled, jelly-filled, marshmallow, truffle, and nutty ones, and the list goes on and on — yum, yum, yum!

Eggs were chosen as an Easter symbol because they signify new life. In our Scripture today, Peter speaks about new life: the divine nature we now share as Christians with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

Peter writes: "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."

What a marvellous truth this is! Because of His divine power, we are in possession of everything we need to live the Christian life to the fullest. Yet, how often we find ourselves feeling empty and discouraged, thinking that we have failed and let Christ down through our thoughts, words, or behaviour. At such moments, we need to remember the second part of today's passage: "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."

Much like the brightly-coloured, various-flavoured Easter eggs that we enjoyed hunting as children, Christ has given us His very great and precious promises to hunt for in Scripture — promises which when we make and take the time to seek and find them, savour and enjoy them, soon fill us up with the sweetness of their truth from defeat unto victory — victory not in ourselves but through the divine power He has given us for life and godliness, so that we "may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

So, the next time as a Christian we feel like a failure, empty and discouraged, let's take time to do a little promise-hunting and discover the sweet taste of victory.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the priceless gift of participation in the divine nature through Your Son, Jesus Christ. May Your very great and precious promises be discovered and found by people worldwide, that many will not only be lifted up from defeat as Christians, but will also lift others up with them unto victory in Jesus. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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