2 Timothy 3:16-17 –” All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God may be fully equipped for every good work.”
Good news stories are few and far between. In fact if you spend a lot of time reading or watching the news a recent study suggests that you may be depressed. Why? Because what we hear about on there can truly be frightening.
Well the first few verses of 2 Timothy 3 could be ripped from today’s headlines because they are truly frightening. Paul writing to Timothy details how the world is going to be in “the last days,” and he says that people are going to be lovers of self and pleasure rather than lovers of God. He adds that people will become arrogant, unashamed, given to violence and basically unsatisfiable. What he describes is a frightening time made even more frightening when you realize he is describing our world today.
Paul however doesn’t seem to be fearful about it, in fact he only addresses it by basically saying that we as followers of Jesus aren’t supposed to live that way. We are to be as Jesus said ,”in the world but not of the world? ”
So the question has to be “where do we find the strength not to be like the world? ” And not only that but “how can we be strong and courageous in the midst of a world that is so opposed to God?”
Paul gives us the answer to both questions in the last 2 verses of the chapter, “all Scripture is breathed out by God……” Do you want to find strength to say no to the things of the world and yes to the things of God? You find it through the grace of God in the word of God.
Do you want to find courage in the midst of a world where fear is so prevalent? Again you find it through the grace of God in the word of God.
Paul’s earnest plea to Timothy is, in the midst of worldliness, sin, and fear saturate your life with God’s word. That’s wasn’t just his appeal to Timothy 1950 years ago, it’s the Holy Spirit’s appeal through Paul to is today.