"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it." 2 Timothy 3:14
During the last few months of Paul’s life, he wrote some of his most moving letters to two of his fellow workers: Timothy, who was in a city at the heart of non-Christian belief, Ephesus; and Titus, who was on the island of Crete, which had plenty of problems of its own. Both Timothy and Titus struggled with discouragement. Timothy fought feelings of insecurity and uncertainty, and Titus became frustrated with the resistance and hostility from church members.
Paul wrote his final words to Timothy as encouragement with the hope that when times got rough, he would not give up. When you feel like giving in, don’t: “Continue in the things you have learned and have firmly believed”. Within every problem and trial is an occasion to draw closer to God and experience His comfort. And often, the problem or trial is an opportunity for God to teach us more about His faithfulness.
Although Timothy and Titus learned a great deal from Paul, it was through their trust in Jesus Christ that they gained victory over their doubts, frustrations and discouragement. Their trust in the Lord during their pain strengthened their faith and produced perseverance.
Holidays are an especially painful and difficult time for those who have recently lost a friend or loved one. Similar to Timothy and Titus, feelings of loneliness, doubt and discouragement can be overwhelming unless we recall the faithfulness and love of Jesus. If this is your situation, know that God is aware of your sorrow and He knows your loneliness and isolation. Let His presence strengthen you through the Holy Spirit and relieve your pain through the comfort of His Word. When thoughts of grief arise, tell Him how much you need Him and ask Him to ease the hurt.
If we are aware of friends or family who have experienced a recent loss, or experienced a loss during a past holiday, we can reach out with loving fellowship as God may use us to provide comfort and encouragement to ease the pain.
Posted on Mon, December 16, 2013
by Sam Petitfils