2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Sometimes, we forget to be with our God when problems arise. We are so focused on fixing the problem rather than being with our God who can definitely help us. Because we don’t like waiting. When we go to God for help and seek for His guidance, sometimes we don’t get an answer right away. We then assume that He doesn’t listen to us. And that makes us focused just on ourselves. Charles Swindoll once said that,”Even when our expectations are biblical, we still see them through the lens of impatience.” That we suppose that if God has promised to act, He should act now! That’s why we go to different directions when we don’t get an answer.
Paul was saying that God’s Word would remain a reliable and profitable source of nutritious food that would keep Timothy equipped even when his own hair turned white and legs became feeble. Paul’s words were really a veiled exhortation to stay close to the Lord, regardless. No matter what happens, God will always be with us. That He will never leave us nor forsake us.
And so, keep your inner fireplace warm for God. Watch those future decisions that come with strings attached. Steer clear of the thorns that still choke the Word and make it unfruitful.
We should not be quick to assume that the Word of God doesn’t work when we simply cannot see the big picture. We have to understand that God is teaching us something, and that something will be revealed if we stay close to Him. We have to understand that we are limited and God is unlimited. Out inability to understand Jesus should give cause for worship, not cause for doubt. So let us stay close near to Him regardless of what our situation is.