Today’s post doesn’t follow our walk with Jesus but yet it does. It began with one word while preparing for my bible study starting this fall. The word, “like” caught my attention and excitement began to grow. It may even find its way into the book I’m working on. 2 Peter 1:1 is the context.
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
to them that have obtained like precious faith with us
through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”
Do you realize Simon Peter had enough faith to step out of the boat and walk on water to the Lord? Sure, he sank when he took his eyes off the Lord. But he got out of the boat and walked on water! None of the others even got out of the boat. Would you? Peter’s faith was strong. It was his perspective and perseverance that needed building.
This same Peter says we, “have obtained like precious faith with us.”
How much faith do we need to have faith like Peter? Jesus says in Matthew 17:20,
“If ye have the faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain,
Remove hence to yonder place;
and it shall remove;
and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Our faith rests in the power and faithfulness of God to perform His word in us and through us. James tells us in chapter 5, verse 16,
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Then James gives us Elijah as an example of one who knew the word of God and had faith in Him to perform it.
“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are,
and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain
on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
And he prayed again,
and the heaven gave rain,
and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
Elijah was a man like every other man, ordinary, given to the passions of the flesh, even as we are. He was ordinary but belonged to an extraordinary God.
For more examples we have :
- Abraham and Sarah-ordinary people-until God called them by name.
- Don’t forget David, the shepherd boy until anointed by the God he loved.
- What about Rahab, the prostitute, until she heard about the God of Israel and believed the reports. She became an ancestor of Christ.
- Even as Ruth, another Gentile woman. She saw God at work in her Jewish mother-in-law and believed.
- God put Esther, a Jewish orphan, in the palace of a foreign land to be used to preserve His people, insuring His promise of a Messiah.
- Jesus turned Paul from persecuting Christians to proclaiming the gospel in power to his known world. Paul told the Corinthians,
“For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling…
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God…
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God,
and not of us…
We having the same spirit of faith ,
according as it is written,
I believed, and therefore have I spoken;
we also believe, and therefore speak:
knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus
shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
For all things are for your sakes,
that the abundant grace
might through the thanksgiving of many
redound to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:2,3,5; 2 Corinthians 4:6,7,13,-15.
All is by the power of God for the glory of God, then and now by the same God who neither changes nor grows weary.
“For I am the LORD, I change not…”
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”
How has God worked in and through you?