Difficult Times // Friday, October 24
Posted: Friday, October 24
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
Verse of the day:
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Paul tells Timothy that when he looks at what the Bible says about the end times, he sees difficulties ahead. Jesus words in Matthew 24 are a distinct message about what we should expect in the days to come, before Jesus returns.
Paul tells Timothy in verses 2-5 some of the difficulties that lie ahead:
“For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
It was as if Paul was able to read the headlines from today’s news. Each of these statements of how people will act, we see played out in front of us every day. Friends, family, co-works, and even church family will all have difficult times. As Paul warned Timothy, we need to make sure we guard our relationships. He warns us to stay away from people like that.
Are we expected to become hermits, isolationist, and hold up somewhere and hide until the end? No, Paul’s warning is to limit the influence of those people in your life. It is okay to work around people that are struggling with their faith, just make sure those are not the people you are taking council from. We are going to have rebellious people around us often, however we should be a light to them and not let their darkness overshadow us.
Jesus told us in John 16:33 “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Let those words bring you peace today as you encounter troubled people. Pray for them that Jesus would be their overcomer as he is yours.
Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Pastor