A Crystal Ball
Have you ever read something in the Bible and felt like someone was looking into a crystal ball, and then writing about what our world looks like today?
Almost 2,000 years ago, Paul wrote amazing letters to young Timothy. As I read these words a few days ago, my heart ached because it was like I was watching a news story about what our world has become.
Listen to Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 3:1-5:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Ugh. It looks and sounds familiar.
And what is Timothy (and us) to do? Paul continues in 2 Timothy 4:2-5
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not up up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
After reading these verses, I’ve been in prayer all week asking God to guide me through these uncertain times like He did Timothy. I want Him to teach me to respond in a way that is honoring, and that will show what Jesus expects a Christian to do.
Will you join me in the same prayer?