Robert Louis Stevenson tells of a storm that caught a vessel off a rocky coast and threatened to drive it and its passengers to destruction.
In the midst of the terror, one daring man, contrary to orders, went to the deck, made a dangerous passage to the pilot house and saw the ship's pilot.
The pilot was at his post, holding the wheel unwaveringly, and inch by inch, turning the ship out, once more, to sea.
The pilot saw the watcher and smiled. Then, the daring passenger went below and gave out a note of cheer: "I have seen the face of the pilot, and he smiled. All
Likewise, we can say, “All is well,” during storms of life if we keep our eyes on the Pilot.
When Paul wrote to Timothy a second time, he was bound by chains and suffering “for the sake of the elect.” In more ways than we can imagine, we can attribute
the health of the church to Paul. He suffered so that we might have the gospel. Paul was facing a “storm,” and it could be argued that Paul’s storm was far worse than any storm any of us will ever face.
Likewise, Timothy, his beloved disciple, was teetering between having the faith to continue leading the church he was leading in Ephesus and giving up on it entirely.
He too was enduring a storm.
But Paul knew the power of the gospel, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the willing endurance that Jesus showed in the face of great trials. He offered Timothy
an encouraging word that was based on the solid rock of the gospel, and thus, the word of God offers it to us today:
“If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
If we endure, we will also reign with him;
If we deny him, he also will deny us;
If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Tim. 2:11-13, ESV)
Look to Jesus, and remind yourself daily that he is faithful. One day, we will live forever and reign with him!
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Suggested Bible Reading
2 Timothy 2:1-13
Today as you pray …
Remind yourself that Jesus is in control of all things.
Ask God to give you patience during trials.
Pray for Christians that are experiencing trying times.
Thank Him for His presence during your storms.
Posted on 04/09/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under