September 19, 2023

Foundation of Faith

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to protect what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NASB

Erdmann Neumeister changed the course of Christian music. Born in 1671 in northern Germany, he lectured at the University of Leipzig before becoming a pastor.

His greatest impact was through the words he wrote. It was said he introduced “a new kind of sacred poetry for musical setting.” His words were inspirational, emphasizing the practical meaning of the Scriptures. Johann Sebastian Bach and other leading composers wrote music using his texts.

Neumeister declared his testimony through a hymn he wrote, “I Know My Faith Is Founded.” Here, he declared his faith was “founded on Jesus Christ, my God and Lord.” This was a rock-solid commitment. He said he was “unmoved,” standing on His Word.

Even in his time, critics were assaulting the Gospel, but Neumeister affirmed human reason cannot match the truth of God’s Word. He knew “God’s Word is all sufficient” and that his faith would rest secure.

He knew Satan sought to “rob me of this treasure and take my hope of bliss away.” But because God was beside him, he could be freed of fear. He prayed, “In faith, Lord, let me serve You.” Even if he encountered strong opposition, he committed to staying faithful.

Make sure your faith is founded in Jesus Christ, not on the changing standards of this world. Stand firmly on God’s Word.

Reflection Question: Is your faith founded on God’s Word or the shifting sands of this world?

Father, help me to stand on the authority of Your Word. Thank You for being with me. I trust my life to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 1