Day 173/260: Read 2 Timothy 4
Paul charged Timothy, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.” It is said that Marshall Keeble explained this to mean “you preach it if they like it, and you preach it if they don’t!”
There are a lot of people in today’s society that don’t like the truth. Some say there is no such thing as truth, or that your truth may differ from my truth because of our individual experiences. Thus, one cannot claim to know “the” truth, because there are actually “many” truths.
Yet, Jesus proclaimed, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). In His prayer for the apostles, Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Which brings us back to 2 Timothy 4:2, in which Paul charged Timothy, “Preach the word!”
If we are preaching God’s Word, we are preaching the one and only truth. Paul had earlier written to Timothy that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). It is the truth of God’s Word that saves us and sets us free from the bondage of sin.
God said it, that settles it, and I must proclaim it…whether they like it or not!
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
2 Timothy 2:15. Be diligent to present yourself ________ to God, a worker who does not need to be ________, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Pray for courage in spreading God’s truth about love, grace, mercy, and faithfulness.