READ: 2 Timothy 1:3-14 (esp. v13-14)
- Paul ends the paragraph still talking about community. Only in this case, it’s not merely the community of believers. He reminds Timothy of Paul’s influence in his life; but he doesn’t leave it at that. The greater message is that of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Timothy doesn’t guard the deposit on his own power, not even on the power of his relationship with Paul. Timothy has the presence of God Himself to help him carry the load of faithfulness.
- Way too often we feel that is there is no human companion and that we are alone. It’s simply not the case. One of the most precious promises of God is repeated throughout Scripture, almost always in the context of unusual circumstances. God says, “I am with you.” We know He is. That’s the inherent promise of being a Christian; God is with us. But in those moments of need, it’s almost as if God takes pleasure in reminding us…”I’m here. I never leave. I’ll guard you.”
- The challenge all believers face is the challenge of faithfully knowing, keeping and presenting the truth. It’s a tall task. A task that is bigger than we are. But it’s not bigger than He is. Thus, God’s Spirit guards us even as we guard the truth. When we realize that…accept it for what it is…then Paul’s deep confidence in God is easier to grasp and imitate. In the moments when the going is tough, we need to call to mind this great truth of the Spirit’s always-presence.
- Describe a time when you were deeply aware of God’s presence in the midst of a difficult time.
- Go to places like Jeremiah 1 and Matthew 18 and 28, underlining the “I am with you” statements.
- Jot a note to someone in a bit of crisis and remind them, “God is with you; He has this.”
PRAY: Thank God for His presence. Meditate on the Holy Spirit being part of your life. Ask God to make you alert to Him in your next moment of need.