In an earlier devotional (Aug. 4), it was shown that Peter had chosen to spend whatever precious moments of his life that he had “stirring [fellow Christians] up by way of reminder,” that is, reminding them of what they already knew. Though human nature is to crave new facts, discoveries, and secrets, often what the soul needs is old truth. Skimming over what is known for the sake of maturing is actually the enemy of maturing.
There is no better place to start exercising the mental muscles required for this habit than the qualities that Peter referred to in his letter:
“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7
“Supplement your faith with virtue.” Where can you add virtue into your faith? What IS virtuous? Maybe a fear that needs conquering or a comfort that needs to be surrendered?
“[Supplement this] virtue with knowledge.” Is there any knowledge that, when added to the virtue in your life, could improve it? For example, perhaps a deeper understanding of God’s sovereignty could solidify your resolve to surrender a comfort.
“[Supplement this] knowledge with self-control.” Is there anything that you understand and know, but that you aren’t exerting enough self-control to live consistently with? If so, commit and ask God to help you.
These are just some of the priceless jewels that lie dormant inside of this treasure trunk of “old truth” verses. We just need to slow down enough to open it up and behold what is inside of it.