You may be shocked to learn that an electric eel much like this one has been delighting spectators at an aquarium in Tennessee! He even has a name, Miguel Watson. A system was connected to his tank that enables his shocks to power a strand of lights on a nearby Christmas tree! When trying to find food Miguel will emit low-voltage blips that cause a rapid dim blinking of lights. But when he is actually eating or gets excited he releases higher-voltage shocks that result in bigger flashes!
Today’s verse talks about the divine power that God uses to give the believer everything needed to live a godly life. His power creates a life that man cannot achieve on his own. Godliness means to resemble Him and it can only happen through our knowledge of Him. His power enables us to have faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, affection and love (verses 6-7). And when these qualities increase over time we become more effective and productive in our knowledge of Him (verse 8).
In looking at this list I am convinced that showing these qualities can only happen through His power! Quite frankly, my light is sometimes just a dim flash. Without being connected to His power I can do nothing (John 15: 5). But when I am abiding and connecting with Him, He produces a godly life that not only pleases Him but is a light to others. And just as the eel produces more power when eating and excited, I need to be feeding on God’s Word! His Word motivates and encourages me to be more like Him.
Thank you Lord, for empowering me!