Trusting Christ in Difficult Times

The apostle Paul sent this last letter to Timothy to encourage him to remain faithful. Persecution from those outside the church was increasing. Imposters in the church were creating problems for the young pastor. Paul reminds Timothy that the first and greatest commandment to love God with all that he is will be the only love that satisfies. This love for God will prove itself fruitful in time. For those who love themselves, love their money, and love pleasure more than God, this too will also be proved in time. Like the sorcerers who opposed Moses, those who stand against God in this age will be proved false. To stand against the revealed truth of God is to stand in a long line of those destined for destruction. But, love for God will be proved as we seek to rescue those ensnared by the devil and avoiding those imposters who claim Jesus but live in opposition to His love.