Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

Paul had been through many trying situations. He had faced many enemies and endured much persecution. He had been stretched emotionally and abused physically.

In this letter to Timothy, written from prison, Paul recounted many of these trying experiences, testifying that God had delivered him from every ordeal. He wanted Timothy to realize that every Christian could expect problems.

The simple fact is that we live in a world of sin. If we face challenges, we are not to give up or become discouraged. Regardless of how we feel, we must not run away and hide. Instead, we should persevere. We should never lose hope but continually trust in God, believing that He will guide, sustain, and deliver us.

This attitude starts as we base our lives on His unchangeable Word. Paul knew that God’s Word provides stability and the standards we need to stand firm. It is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” This Word enables us to be “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (vs. 16-17).

You may be going through challenging situations. The Bible reminds us that God is trustworthy. You can depend on Him. Make sure that you are confident, standing on His Word. Fill your life with the Bible. Read it. Memorize and study it. Meditate on it. Make it the rock on which you base your life.