Paul is about to challenge Timothy to “wage the good warfare”. (I Tim 1:18)
Let’s just stop here, and notice that Paul characterizes service to the Lord as waging warfare.
The life of a true Christ follower is not one of ease in this life. We are in a battle and lately, that seems all the more apparent.
In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:10-12)
Sounds like a movie; but the fact is, the life of a Christian is not a walk in the park!
But let’s not forget we fight the good fight with confidence when we remember what we know to be true of God.
Right before Paul charges Timothy to “wage the good warfare”, he has written words of praise-worthy truth- “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1Tim 1:17)
The Enduring Word app breaks this down this way:
- Paul knew God to be the King eternal, ruling and reigning in complete power and glory.
- Paul knew God to be immortal, existing before anything else existed, and being the Creator of all things.
- Paul knew God to be invisible, not completely knowable by us; we can’t completely figure out God, or know all His secrets.
- Paul knew God alone is wise, that He is God – and we are not. We think our plans and insights are so important, but only God really knows and understands all things.”
In all that we endeavor to do, in every hard moment we face, in the middle of the WARFARE, let’s remember truth about God.
Let’s study the Word so we stand on sound doctrine so that we “may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God”. (Phil 1:10-11)
Let’s do this so the storms of this life ,and the attacks and the temptations of the evil one, will not “shipwreck” our faith (1 Tim 1:19).
How do we do this in the day to day?
Well, Paul is about to tell us more in chapter two! We can talk about that Monday!
The Word is SO GOOD!