2 Peter 1:2-4 – Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
You’ve heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. It was a race. Of course, the hare was much swifter than the tortoise. He was therefore naturally expected to win the race. However, you know the story. The hare was so much swifter than the tortoise that he decided to stop for a restful nap partway through the race. It was at that point that the tortoise’s diligence got the best of the hare’s swiftness, and diligence prevailed over speed. What I am saying is that diligence does not take naps.
Diligence is that forward moving, never ceasing striving towards the finish line. Diligence does not nap on the way to the finish line; it naps when the race is ended. It should also be noted that diligence does not need competition to win. When it is true diligence at a personal level, diligence is that driving force in one’s heart that has the necessary work completed, with the worker resting with his feet propped up awaiting the time for presentation of his work. The diligent person is the one who is always ready, work completed ahead of schedule, and able to present it completed on time. I am often puzzled that so many people think God is holding something back from them for a certain point in time. The reality is that God is not holding back for a certain point in time, but is waiting for us to arrive where He has been waiting with the answer. That process, dear one, is diligence.
The process through which we are to journey on our way to the divine nature requires diligence; steadfast, ongoing diligence. Be sure to take time to read the first fifteen verses of 2 Peter 1. In verse five, we see that the Lord requires us to give “all diligence” to this process, and that level of “all diligence” is in addition to us having knowledge of verses two through four. Once again, I urge you to take the time to read the first fifteen verses of 2 Peter 1. It is keenly important for every believer to be aware of the process revealed in that passage. The things of which I write are NOT things into which you will stumble. You get there by a journey that is on purpose, deliberate and determined. Delay no longer. Begin that journey today. At the close of that journey are rewards far in excess of anything you can imagine.
Manna for Today – 2 Peter 1:1-15; Proverbs 4:20-23; Joshua 1:6-9; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 3 John 2; Jeremiah 29:11