Thanks for joining me for another devotional time. I’m starting to really enjoy these, and I hope you are too!
Today’s reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-10
I enjoy asking myself a key question as I meditate on Scripture. It often brings a passage to life in fresh ways! So today, I look at this passage and ask myself:
What does this passage say about peace and faith in God?
Here were a few thoughts that came to mind:
v. 6 – “…fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…”
This calls us to trust what God has done in our lives and to follow the calling He has placed on our lives. Afterall, we won’t seek to fan our giftings into flames (grow, practice, cultivate them) if we don’t trust God who gave us those gifts. Now, sometimes we don’t know what our calling is, but other times we do. And when we do, we should trust God and start moving in that direction, preparing, praying, and ultimately taking the leap. It’s hard to take that leap, but it’s so worth it!
v. 7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
This is a very commonly quoted verse. Today, I look at it and see a description of what faith can empower us to do! Faith enables us to move outside of fear. Perhaps fear still attacks us, but fear does not come from God. Perhaps we may never stop experiencing or encountering fear, but God has given us those three unique gifts to help us withstand and overcome the fear we experience. Those three gifts are: power, love, and self-discipline. Faith tells me that, even when I struggle with fear, I can still be bold, care for others, and care for myself. I can still find strength in the midst of fear, because fear doesn’t come from God. But strength does!
v. 9 – “…but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time.”
Wow, think about that! He had a plan from before the beginning of time, and He followed through with that plan. I’m lucky if I follow through with my plan from this morning! I am so thankful that God is dependable and that He follows through with His commitments. When He promises you something, you can trust it, because He will follow through with His plan. It might not look like what we think and it might not be when we want, but it will be good and perfect in His way. And I am thankful for that! What a huge relief that He is dependable!
Questions to ask yourself today:
- Do I have a sense of what my giftings are? If so, how can I put those into practice today? If not, who can I ask (a mature person that I trust) to speak into my life about the giftings they see in me?
- In what areas of my life have I been experiencing fear? How can I shift my perspective on God’s ability to give me power, love, and self-discipline in the midst of those situations? Where can I trust God more?
- Where have I seen God to be dependable in my life? Where do I need greater trust in His faithfulness?
- Who can I share this lesson with today? Who needs to hear this message?
Thanks for reading!
If you liked this devotional, here are some others you might enjoy:
- For the Weak Pretender
- “Worrying Doesn’t Help”
- Called Out of Darkness
- When You Just Need Some Validation
Grace, peace, hope,