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. 2 Peter 1:3
It was a desperate moment. I cried out to God to please help me, rescue me, deliver me! I had fallen into a pit of despair. I felt so discouraged and defeated.
“Lord,” I pleaded, “I just need . . .”
What? What did I need? I couldn’t finish the sentence, because I wasn’t sure. I didn’t know what would “fix” me and my problems.
I was thinking specifically of my health and wellness journey. I so wanted to be fit and strong. I wanted to have energy and confidence. I wanted the self-control and self-discipline to honor God with my body and make wise and healthy choices. I wanted to stop being consumed with the never-ending battle to lose weight. I’d failed and fallen short so many times, gaining and losing the same 20, 50, 80-plus pounds. Over the years, I’d searched for the secret. I’d tried so many strategies without lasting success.
What could finally, once and for all, bring me victory? Was there a diet I hadn’t tried? (I don’t think so.) A special metabolism-boosting supplement? A particular exercise regimen or fitness gadget? (Again, I don’t think so—I’d tried almost all of them!) I was exhausted from the effort. Weary and worn out.
What was the secret—the key? What was I missing?
Flipping through my Bible as I pondered the question, I found myself in 2 Peter. The words leapt off the page: “His divine power has given us everything we need.”
His power—God is the source. What I need comes from Him . . . it is Him.
In my heart, I heard the question, Do you believe this?
Did I? I wondered. Did I really believe that God loved me enough to prepare in advance everything I needed to live a life that honors Him? A real, rich, full, and satisfying life—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually (see John 10:10)? I thought of the dozens of other verses in God’s Word that promised all the power, strength, grace, wisdom, discipline, and determination I needed to fight this battle and win.
“Lord, I do believe,” I wept. In the words of the man in Mark 9:24, I prayed, “Help me overcome my unbelief!”
This excerpt is taken from the bible study, Walking By Faith, written by Christin Ditchfield for First Place 4 Health. Christin is an author, conference speaker, and syndicated radio host. Walking By Faith will help you learn to overcome 10 major obstacles to health and wellness as you walk by faith in the light of God’s truth and the power of His Holy Spirit. To learn more about First Place 4 Health or this bible study go to www.firstplace4health.com. To learn more about Christin, go to www.ChristinDitchfield.com.