Knowing Is Half the Battle

In Daily Devotional by Kirk Giles

Theme of the Week: A Life of Purpose

Bible Verse: “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge.” 2 Peter 1:5 ESV

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:5

When I was a kid, there was a cartoon called G.I. Joe. In every episode of this show, a phrase was repeated: “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”

I don’t know why I can remember this phrase from my childhood when I can barely remember what happened yesterday, but it has stuck with me. It fits what Peter is trying to teach us.

As a man, you need to build the spiritual muscle of knowledge. It’s not everything in the Christian life, but it is an incredibly important muscle to have if you want your life to be effective and fruitful.

What kind of knowledge do you need? Three times in 2 Peter 1, we are told to grow in our knowledge of God. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is who we are to grow in knowing. This kind of knowledge is a combination of knowing about someone and knowing someone. It’s information and experience.

Every day, men like you and me make every effort to know more about what it takes to do our jobs well. We take courses, we read or watch things online, and we ask others for advice. Yet, many men will also not have any time (or desire) to study theology or focus energy on personal devotions. Why do we make every effort to know how to do something that will last for a few years compared to someone who lasts for eternity?

God is eternal. He is bigger than your mind can imagine, yet he is also personal and wants you to know him more. Making every effort to know God more is half the battle of becoming the man you are made to be.


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Kirk Giles
Kirk Giles is the co-lead pastor of Forward Church in Cambridge, ON. He was formerly the President of Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel. He is also the author of The Seasons of Fatherhood.
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Kirk Giles
Kirk Giles is the co-lead pastor of Forward Church in Cambridge, ON. He was formerly the President of Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel. He is also the author of The Seasons of Fatherhood.