READ: 2 Timothy 1:3-14 (esp. v8-12)
- Verse 12 is the heart of an old Gospel hymn. The testimony of confidence in God and His faithful attendance to our life has influenced untold people to share in that confidence. Sometimes that’s the way of it. We aren’t confident, but someone we trust is, and that helps us to be more confident. Timothy, as was mentioned before, may have been a bit timid. That may have been because he lacked confidence in what God was willing (able?) to do. But he heard from his mentor, Paul, that God was absolutely trustworthy.
- Few people live life without moments of doubt or frustration, maybe disappointment with God. In those moments, the voice of a trusted friend may be necessary for our own confidence to sustain us. The power of Christian community is found in those moments when we rely on one another to provide what we may not have in that moment. In other words, we need each other. And we are blessed by each other.
- The Christian experience is not intended to be done solo. “Church” has always been a collective term and always implies a community of people in the journey. Crossing a creek in ankle deep water is not much of a challenge, most can do it alone. But crossing the river when it’s waste deep and running hard means we need a group, holding on to each other, navigating the current together. It’s the only way we are getting across.
- Describe a time when you were strengthened by someone else’s confidence in God.
- Describe a time when you were able to strengthen someone else in a moment of weakness.
- Who are you walking the journey with? What’s your relationship like?
PRAY: Thank God for those who’ve bolstered your confidence in times of doubt. Pray that you have done and/or can do that for others. Commit to living life with other Christians as much as is in your power.