1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, turning away from godless, empty talk and the contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge.” By professing it, some have veered away from the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for sharing Paul’s letter to Timothy with us. We are often challenged with overthinking and rationalizing our faith, especially when the world comes against us, trying to fill us with doubts. “The Bible was written all those years ago; that had to be only for their time. How is it relevant to us?” Or “Men wrote it, so it must contain errors. How do you know it is God’s word?” By faith, we trust these words that you had your writers record for us, your will and desire for your creation. Please forgive us when we fail to believe in your providence—the way you take care of and keep—your word for us believers. Lord, through your holy scriptures, we hear of your love and mercy for us, how you sent your Son to suffer and die for all our sins. So it is understandable why the world would not want us to believe what you have given us, and as Paul said, cause some to veer from the faith they knew.
Lord, we pray that you will strengthen our faith through your word, that we will hold to it and not the world’s “knowledge.” So that even if what we believe does not align with logic, we hold on to what you say. It makes no sense; why would you, a holy God, intentionally suffer and give up your life to save your enemies? And while it makes no sense, Jesus did just that resulting in those who believe in him having everlasting life and salvation. Wisdom—not knowledge—is the trusting of our righteousness, justification, and sanctification that comes through Christ.
Please establish opportunities for us to share our faith in Jesus with someone who does not know you. So that we can share our wisdom with them, and they will also be restored to you. Amen
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Someone once wrote, “Faith is being sure about what we hope for, being convinced about things we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1). We may not understand how God inspired the holy writers. Still, because Peter—a holy writer inspired by the Holy Spirit—wrote about this, we believe.