I have entered a period of transition in my life. I am graduating from design school and preparing to take the next step. Just like anyone in transition from the known to the unknown, there is an opportunity for fear to be a part of that transition. I must not allow my fear of the unknown future to shape my view of God, but allow God and His promises to shape my view of the future.
I am fearful that when I jump, I’ll slip—I won’t make it. It’s as if, before I even leave the ground, I slip and ruin the trajectory of my leap. If left unchecked, I can be paralyzed by this fear.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a creative thinker. Within the last few years, I’ve realized how important design can be in one’s daily life. I have great, big dreams—I could be used to elevate the name of Jesus through my creative mind. However, I get caught up thinking about my weaknesses, my shortcomings and the difficulties of life, so I easily worry and disregard what is promised to those who have a relationship with Jesus.
Thankfully, we have reminders set up to help us. Peter is just one New Testament author who reminds those who believe in Jesus about the hope we’ve been gifted.
“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and for Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter1:2-4
At the beginning of his letter, Peter acknowledges what is and should be the foundation of anyone who believes in Jesus. We have safety because Jesus’s sacrifice for us was enough. Our hope is with Him.
Jesus confirms our hope in John 14:6.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6
That is grace.
It is grace that I can be released of the debt that was gained through my mistakes. This unalterable fact causes us to be at peace.
Peter reminds us of the grace and peace in the opening statement of his letter and goes on to remind us that we already have everything we need for a God-honoring life. At the end of verse four, I am reminded why I need Jesus.
I have flawed desires. In other words, there are times when the things I want or believe I need are not the best things for me. However, Jesus gave His life so I could live—He has called me to believe this reality and trust Him to direct my decisions and actions.
After Jesus told His disciples that He is the way, He went on to tell them in John 14:27 about the peace they will receive.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
This is how I’m able to leap and not be afraid. I can trust that when I run and prepare to jump from the heights of some hill or mountain, my footing is true and my future is secured.
“He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” Psalm 40:2
Forgetfulness is my main issue. I wish I could say that each time I step out my front door, I remember I have the right shoes for the day, I have the energy for the climb to my jumping point. The truth is I often forget my foundation and its source
Because of this, I love the example of Peter in the New Testament. Peter was one of Jesus’s closes friends and yet in the face of great trial, Peter forgot and wanted to dismiss his own relationship with Jesus.
At times we see Peter is excitable and passionate—I relate to this guy because I too am passionate about my convictions and beliefs. Nevertheless, when my foundation is rocked and the world around me attempts to rattle my understanding of God’s promises, like Peter, I find myself denying what I once believed to be true.
Martin Luther, in his commentary on Galatians, describes the importance of reminding ourselves of the defense and affirmation that we have in Jesus’s sacrificial grace. Luther says, “If we neglect the truth of justification,” (the foundation on which we can base our future and our hope) “we lose everything. Therefore, it is most necessary that we teach and repeat this above everything else . . . We cannot have justification urged upon us too often or too much.”
He goes on to say: “Grace releases sin, and peace makes the conscience quiet.”
This helps me to understand how to use God’s given grace.
I now know I can walk confidently in obedience and dream big. All I have to do is remind myself of the grace I have been given and enjoy the peace of mind that is promised. Because of this truth, I can live my life with freedom, an understanding of the foundation I stand upon, and the rock from which I take my leap of faith.