With all that is happening in the world today, it’s easy for us to find ourselves feeling anxious and afraid. However, when that happens, rather than wholeheartedly embracing worry, I can choose to focus the truth of God’s Word, rather than dwelling on a lie. This passage from 2 Timothy 1 says it best:
God has given us a spirit of power – His power – so I needn’t feel weak or timid.
He’s also given us a spirit of love – His love – so I can be secure in who (and Whose) I am, rather than looking for love in all the wrong places: in my accomplishments, which can never satisfy in and of themselves, or in the wrong kinds of people (who take and take, but rarely give. There is another word for that, but I assure you it’s not love).
Finally, the Lord has equipped us with a spirit of self-discipline, so I can trust that He will give me the wherewithal to persevere through even the most difficult of situations. Is there a challenge facing you today? Trust that the Lord is with you every step of the way, and rest in the knowledge that He’ll get you through it – filling you a sense of strength and optimism that you didn’t even know was possible!
So let’s remember what we’re not (fearful, timid), and call to mind all that God has given us – power, love, and self-discipline. This truth is a very important reminder for all of us, no? 💡