His strength needed

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4 3-4.

“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me the strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.”  2 Timothy 4:17.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Amos 1-3, Psalm 80, and 2 Timothy 4.

I like the way these two verses in 2 Timothy go together.

In the first verse we are told that people are not going to want to listen to the Gospel while in the second verse we see what happens when God is with us.

It is comforting because that day of Gospel rejection seems to be upon us.  Those who accept the Gospel as likely to be true are a vanishing breed.  The reputation of those celebrating the Good News comes into question.  “That’s ancient myth material!  Why believe that?”

BUT with the Lord at his side, Paul is given the capability to explain the Gospel to many who had no idea what it was all about.  And Paul certainly needed that Godly strength because his associates had deserted him.

The key for me is to be united with God.  I long to be able to present the Gospel to those in my family midst and my actual midst.  They need to understand that the Messiah has come and has taken their sins away forever.  They have new life and are now part of His rescue mission on earth to transform this place into what it should be.  The Messiah has promised to return to earth and finish the transformation job.  Hallelujah!

“Lord, forgive me for ever functioning apart from You.  I want to get Your work done here on earth.  Direct my path.  Prick my conscience when I am off track.  Stay by my side, I beg.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

We need His strength.

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