This Thursday we will be going through 2 Timothy 1:12-14.
“12 … But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”
One thing that truly perplexes me, is seeing how easily people are rattled by the trials in their life. I guess that this is mostly surprising to me among whose who profess to be Christians. After all, being a Christian means believing in a omnipotent, all-powerful God who can do whatever He pleases and who sent His son to save and protect those who believe in Him. Yet, it takes just one hiccup or difficulty in life (a bad break up, death of a loved one, financial trouble, loneliness, etc) to send a lot of Christians into an uncontrollable spiral of doubt. I do not mean to downplay the hurt or pain that these events may cause, however the hope that one finds in the God of the Bible should comfort the soul. The only conclusion that I can come to, is that many people today do not know what/whom they believe, and worse, many so-called Christians do not actually know the God of the Bible, they merely know of Him.
In reference to vs. 12 “…for I know whom I have believed”, John Calvin says this…
“This is the only place of refuge, to which all believers ought to resort, whenever the world reckons them to be condemned and ruined men….. Against every storm and temptest, that man will enjoy undisturbed repose, who has a settled conviction on God, who cannot lie, or deceive, hath spoken and will undoubtedly perform what he hath promised. On the other hand, he who hath not this sealed on his heart, will be continually shaken hither and thither like a reed.”
The formula is fairly simple. The better who know someone, the more you will be convinced that they are who they are.
This fallen world will throw its share of trials at you, no doubt. But the better you know of the God of the Bible and his Son, Jesus Christ, the more convinced you will be that no force can knock you from his grasp, no matter how strong it may seem at the time.
Identify areas in your life where you are not acting as though you are convinced that God is an all-powerful, all-knowing King who protects and saves his people.
Learn what the Bible teaches about God, his character and his promises.
Trust in Jesus Christ the power that his death and resurrection have achieved to defeat sin, death, sickness, pain, struggles and heartache. And remember, that on “that Day”, Christ will restore his kingdom and make all things perfect.
See you Thursday at 8 PM.