through His Word
“In the stillness of the night, God whispers, ‘I am with you.’ In the middle of the raging storm, He reassures us, ‘I am with you.’ In every joy, in every trial, in every victory, in every burden, He is with us. He strengthens us for every part of life. He strengthens us for every part of the work.”
- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Day 35, p. 178
God is with us. What comforting words! Because God is with us, we can survive any storm. Because He loves us, He will enable us to overcome any trial and to shine His light in the darkest moments or in the happiest of times.
Paul closed his letter to Timothy by telling him of a dark moment—when all forsook him at his trial—but also of how the Light stood with him.
At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion (2 Timothy 4:16-17, NKJV).
“The Lord will stand with you. Paul knew what he was talking about. Timothy knew that he did. These verses capture the final point of Paul’s testimony to Timothy, and it applies to us today. This is what Paul had learned from experience: Even if it gets bad—even if you’re persecuted, arrested, and everyone leaves you—the Lord stands with you, and He will strengthen you. He will enable you to reach the goal He has given you and to fulfill His purpose for your life and ministry. He won’t leave you.”
- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Day 35, p. 179
Jesus stood with Paul when all others forsook him. He enabled Paul to preach the Word, to fulfill God’s mission, and to stay faithful when he could have given up. Jesus would help Timothy to do the same thing, and Jesus helps us today.
Where is God calling you to stand? Where does He want you to trust Him to take care of you and to shine His light for all to see? Jesus stood with Paul before kings and rulers, Jews and Gentiles, persecutors and revilers. Jesus stands with us before family and friends, co-workers and neighbors, people at home or abroad to share with them the truth of God’s Word and the strength and goodness of His love. He will be with us, leading us to do the assignment He’s given us.
The excerpts in this devotion come the fifth chapter of my Bible study, and the chapter is called “Do Your Assignment.” Whatever God calls us to do, wherever He calls us to stand as lighthouses of His love and truth, the Lord will stand with us to strengthen us. Nearly every devotion in my book ends with a prayer based on the Scripture and application for that day. I’d like to end with the final prayer of the chapter. May you always sense Jesus’ presence with you in the happy moments and trying times. May His love and light shine through you, unhindered by life’s trials and challenges. Jesus reassures us—He is always with us (Matthew 28:20).
“Lord, thank You for standing with us, especially in those times that it seems we are all alone. You are always there, living on the inside of us, calming our fears, answering our questions, teaching us through difficult times. Help us to be ever mindful of Your presence with us and to depend on You to carry out our assignments. Deliver us and preserve us when the waters rise high and the fires rage. Thank You for the promise of Your presence. In Your name, Amen.”
- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Day 35, p. 183
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