I remember the song, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket,” growing up. This song is a dialogue between Henry and Liza about the sorry state of their bucket, no longer useful for drawing water from the well. I would always laugh at the ultimate solution which brings them back to the original problem! The song in its original version dates back to 1700! I am sure the bucket pictured has its uses, but carrying water would not be one of them!
Today’s verse reassures the believer that through God’s power we have everything we need to live a godly life. It is through our knowledge of Him and not our own efforts that this godly life is possible. He gives to us faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love (verses 5-7). Those beautiful qualities make us more like Him, but they only become visible as we grow in our knowledge of Him.
Yes, He’s given me all I need but the problem is all the holes in my bucket! I go to draw from Him as my unending Source, but my sinful pride and self-sufficiency keep me from staying full. Instead of drawing from Him I make the mistake of drawing away from the Source and depending on myself. Before long I can feel completely drained. There is no way to be filled with His godly Spirit when I try to go it alone! I need Him for absolutely everything. His power is there, ready to draw from. And I want to know Him more and more.
Lord, keep me from relying on myself. Fill me with Yourself!