2 Timothy 2:8-13
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
In this last letter to Timothy I see Paul sharing his heart with his “son”, friend and co-worker as never before – writing his own short biography – this is who I am and what I’ve done and why – now passing his mantle to Timothy.
Verse 9 – “The word of God is not chained” what prophetic insight Paul had here – 2,000 years later, we know the truth of Paul’s words. Even though I know this, do I believe this as Paul did? Have I chained up God’s word in my life? “He remains faithful” I know there are times when I haven’t believed this, and yet it is true and unmoveable – I have chained God’s word and not allowed it to give me life and set me free, I haven’t always believed God’s complete faithfulness to me.
Father I am so grateful that in the many times I have been faithless – you have been faithful to me. How amazing is it that your word is not governed by my circumstances. Thank you for your faithfulness to me always. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson