This morning I read 1 & 2 Timothy because I was struggling during some troubling times. I am–and if I am being brutally honest, being severely tested in my faith. It is probably not prudent to say who, how or why I am being tested but suffice to say it is happening.
Worst of all I feel I am, on the whole, failing this test and that in itself is really frustrating me. Taking comfort in the Bible, and especially in the words of Timothy, is helping me A LOT right now because it really is a handbook for living a proper Christian life.
2 Timothy 23-26
23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
I’ve recently quarreled with someone (someone truly godless as I once was), and it was a utterly ridiculous, with no discernable benefit to either party. What 1 Timothy 23 is telling me is as simple as it reads, simply, don’t waste your time with it. Don’t engage in it, don’t even contemplate it, and for me to even be quarrelsome is not a trait that I should possess in the first place.
So I have “reset” myself this morning because I can feel the stress and tension throughout my body and mind on this particular topic and person. Its really just daft and ultimately not worthy of my time. I hope and pray that this particular person does “come to their senses” because they are definitely trapped by the devil and, like an automaton, being used by the devil to do his will. You will not defeat me because I have the armour of God.
In fact we are further reminded in 2 Timothy 12 that “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” so its no real surprise that this is even happening right now.
We are reassured however, no matter what the challenge, that we will be delivered from every attack and brought safely to the kingdom of God (2 Timothy Chapter 4 Verse 18). Not only that but those who have wronged us, and not repented, will be punished in due time (2 Timothy Chapter 4 verse 14). Someone may do us great harm but that ultimately, by being a true man of God, we can avoid such charges against us – rise above it all – and take our rightful place in heaven.
Thank you God for guiding me to read Timothy this morning. Exactly what I needed!