November 27, 2023

Nothing Without God

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; for His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us.”—2 Peter 1:2–3 NASB

Recently, a previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach was discovered. The two-page score was dated October 1713 and appears to have been written to mark the birthday of a special duke.

The music world was excited to discover this new work by one of history’s greatest composers. However, this piece also revealed a great deal about Bach’s philosophy. It opened with the phrase, “Everything with God and nothing without Him.” These words were based on the motto of the duke, but they also reflected Bach’s personal commitment.

These words could have been the motto for his own life. They also provide a reminder for each of us that we cannot do anything of real meaning or lasting value without God, but “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Peter wrote that God “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness.” He has called us, equipped us, sent Jesus to die for us, and given us His Holy Spirit as our constant companion to guide, lead, and empower us.

Stay on guard against pride. Humble yourself before God. Like Bach, remember that you are nothing without Him; you owe everything to Him. Remember, He has a plan just for you and has given you the resources you need to accomplish that plan.

Commit your time, talents, and treasures to Him. Remember the motto: Everything with God, nothing without Him.

Reflection Question: Write out your personal commitment to Jesus.

Prayer
Father, I am nothing without You. I depend on You for everything. I am grateful for all You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Peter 1

Prayer
Father, I am nothing without You. I depend on You for everything. I am grateful for all You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Peter 1