“5In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,” (2 Peter 1:5-9)
We are to add knowledge. We need to become, as Thayer puts it, thoroughly acquainted with the Word of God. In other words, we are to move beyond being a novice (using the knowledge given to us by God that leads to repentance and salvation) to being a master (one who lives and conducts their lives like Jesus so God can work through us as teachers and examples of His way of life to others (Matthew 5:16) and so we can work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12-13)).
This knowledge is found in our Bibles. It is productive and active – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
When we read and study these scriptures we can have our minds full of the truth. This way we are able to make informed and correct decisions when all the options come our way.
In the scripture above we see that those who are not growing in these attributes – faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, temperance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love — are short-sighted or blind and could fall away – that is why we must make every effort to grow in knowledge.
Let’s not fall prey to a few traps that knowledge can produce:
- “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” ― Stephen Hawking
- My favorite – Insanity = “doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.” (No matter how many pieces of exercise equipment or exercise videos I buy they are not going to make a difference in how I look unless I take that knowledge and apply it) which leads into next week… sometimes our knowledge needs a lot of self-control.
Let’s add to our knowledge in facts, figures and experiences so we will never have to repeat another year (or even a day!). And let’s exercise wisdom which is the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding” in each situation that faces us.
God, we come to You for the help necessary to keep our hearts hungering and thirsting for more ways to know You better and we ask that our faith will be supplied with virtue and that our virtue will be supplied with knowledge. Thank You that we can always bring our concerns to You. God, please meet each one of us where we are today and grant us Your peace and Your wisdom to continue to place one foot in front of the other. In Jesus’ name Amen.