Thursday July 28, 2005
Courage to Face Life's Trials
2 Timothy 4:6-18
Scriptural details of Paul's life reveal the courageous way the apostle handled his many trials. He was opposed by religious leaders, manhandled by magistrates, and mobbed by large crowds. Yet through it all, he stood firm in his allegiance to Jesus Christ. Before dismissing him as a superhuman, let's look at Paul's own testimony. He said he came to the Corinthians in weakness and spoke with fear and trembling (1 Corinthians 2:3). He wrote that in his travels, he had been pushed far beyond his ability to endure. (2 Corinthians 1:8) Furthermore, he testified that his emotions were so strong that the Lord exhorted him not to be afraid. He was human just like us.
What did Paul know that would also help us? Wherever he was, God was personally present. Paul believed Jesus' promise to be with him to the end of time. (Matthew 28:20) He trusted in the guiding presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and he also took heart from the Lord's reassurance of His nearness. (Acts 18:9) Although it appeared that Paul stood alone before his accusers, he recognized he was actually in the Lord's company. With God Almighty standing beside him, he did not have to be afraid.
Because we belong to our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, we can know for certain that God is always with us. We, too, have Jesus’ everlasting pledge of nearness and the Spirit as our permanent companion. As we embrace these truths, we will discover the courage to face life's trials.
What a precious truth: God is with me. I feel braver already. What about you?
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