March 19, 2015

Read: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

I have my phone set up to receive news alerts from a handful of news agencies. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. Let’s face it: a large portion of the news we hear on any given day is negative. I appreciate being up-to-date on the latest happenings, be it a local murder or a global uprising, but all of that bad news can make me want to run and hide!

What can we as Christians do in light of the many tragedies that are a daily reality in our world? Paul tells us in these verses that it’s going to go from bad to worse. That’s a certainty. But does that mean we should flip toward the back of our Bibles, declare that we “win at the end” and sit down to await Christ’s return?

No. We are to continue in the things we have learned, gaining wisdom from the sacred writings found in Scripture. We should equip ourselves with the inspired Word of God. It alone is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. When we ground ourselves in the Word, we will be adequately equipped for every good work.

With the Word of God, we can stand firm, even amidst the rising chaos.

Pray:  

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.