10-13-2021 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, October 13, 2021 comes to us from Nelson Nwosu of Anambra, Nigeria
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. 10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:1-17 NIV
Years ago, our family embarked on a road trip through Africa. We traveled in a vehicle that was equipped for the rough, rural terrain, and we were well prepared with tools, extra fuel, and supplies. We were confident that no matter what we faced, we had the necessary equipment to navigate our way safely. Throughout that trip we were exceedingly grateful for the hours of preparation we had invested in equipping ourselves. We constantly came across challenges that would have significantly delayed our progress or stopped our trip short had we not taken the time and effort to prepare.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul lays out the importance of being prepared for the journey of life. To successfully navigate the changes and challenges we encounter, we must be well equipped. We can do this by investing wholeheartedly in the word of God. When we meditate on the Bible’s wisdom, we will find that it fills our hearts and minds with truth, peace, and strength. God’s word equips us to handle any difficulty we might face. Scripture is our guide that will protect and carry us throughout our journey.
Prayer Focus: Those Making a Difficult Journey.
Thought for the Day: Meditating on the word of God will equip me for my life’s journey.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the wisdom of your word. Equip us by your mercy to handle any challenge life may present. Amen.
— Nelson Nwosu
Studying and understanding Holy Scripture can indeed prepare us for much of what happens throughout our lives. Often when I think about events or situations that are past or that I am anticipating, I reflect about stories from Holy Scripture. Even in this modern day of automation, social media, and electronic communication, the ancient Holy Scriptures provide strong direction. So, when I have a decision to make, I try to discern God’s guidance as we find it in the Biblical stories. Of course, it’s often difficult to do exactly what happens in those stories, but the direction is always helpful. Can you think about a time when a story or poem or prophetic proclamation has informed a decision? Or perhaps you have made the connection to Holy Scripture following a particular event.