Wednesday, 6th June, 2018
Reference text: 2 Timothy 1:1-3,6-12
2 Timothy 1:12 For its sake, I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
One of the problems that put Jesus and the Pharisees on opposite sides was because they did not live what they preached. Therefore, even though you may call it crazy boldness, Paul was actually living by example because it would have been really interesting to write to Timothy highlighting a reception of the ‘Spirit of boldness’ only for him, the exhorter, to lack confidence in the God he was preaching.
This confidence, evident in Paul’s words, proceeded from a place of deep fellowship and experiential knowledge of God which allowed him to be ‘totally convinced beyond doubt’ that God had the capability to take care of all that he (Paul) had entrusted to Him(God). Hence, even though he faced a multitude of persecution, he stayed in peace and was without shame .
Beloved, what are you supposed to entrust to God that you have been putting off for a while now? In fact, what are you grasping so tightly in your hands or holding on firmly to your bossom, afraid even to set it down? Do you deem that so fragile that in your eyes, even the gentle hands of God are too rough to hold them? Could that be the source of your worry?
My dear, there are burdens and loads not meant to be carried on your feeble shoulders, but on that of the Lord and many precious things of ours which ought to be in the care of the Lord, not in ours. It is only when we gain knowledge of God and a clearer understanding of this that we will begin to trust Him to take care of the people and things that are most dear to our hearts.
Remember # you can trust God with the things most precious to you because He is capable of taking care of them.