‘His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.’ 2 Peter 1.3
The first reassuring point about this verse is that whatever is being promised, it is being promised to those whom God has called – us! You may think of your own testimony - how you came to find God and the steps you took along the way – and this phrase says that before any of your faltering steps to find God, he called you. He spoke your name because he wanted a relationship with you, and your steps towards him have been your attempt to come home to the voice that has been calling you.
When you think about your knowledge of God, it is likely that at times you are aware of just how little you really know about him and understand his ways. However, if it is true that he is the one who has called you, then of course he must know you. When you sit down with him, you are sitting down with the one who knows you utterly and completely, and still loves you with the same passion he had when your name was first on his breath.
Take time to let this wonderful truth sink in – it was, and still is, God’s pleasure and joy to call you by name.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission