Difficult times will come. We can be sure of this, all the more as the last days march on toward their inevitable end. Paul wrote to Timothy about the difficult times he had endured, the persecution and suffering. And out of them all, the Lord rescued Paul.
We are warned in the third chapter of 2 Timothy about the types of people we should avoid. And in that warning is the implication for us not to fall into such behavior. Paul cautions Timothy to “continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of.” And he goes on to encourage Timothy to hold fast to that which he had begun learning in his youth from the scriptures, “which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
Those who ignore the wisdom of scripture and instead opt for what sounds it would lead to at least a temporary sense of happiness and pleasure are sure to have their folly exposed. Loving self and money, being boastful and arrogant, lacking self-control and loving pleasure, these are the ingredients for self-destruction.
Women and men of God find fulfillment, wisdom, peace and joy in God’s word. And from His word we become adequate for and equipped to accomplish every good work. And in so doing not only are we ourselves rescued from the difficult time, but we are able to play a part in the rescue of others by leading them to a relationship with Jesus.
This week through next Monday I’ll be sharing from 2 Timothy 3 during Mid Day Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 02/26 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Tue 02/27 2 Timothy 3:6-7
Wed 02/28 2 Timothy 3:8-9
Thu 03/01 2 Timothy 3:10-13
Fri 03/02 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Mon 03/05 2 Timothy 3:16-17
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