Watch Me Suffer
[You, however, have followed] ...my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.—2 Timothy 3:11
I have a couple of close friends who have suffered a little more in life than others. One is a friend named Steve. Steve has endured more challenges with cancer than anyone I know. And you know what, I admire this man. Every time I talk to him, I feel admiration for his strength, attitude, character, and endurance. And as I reflect on these words from Paul, I wonder if these were among the lessons Timothy learned from Paul's suffering.
But then Paul points outs the primary lesson—that it was the Lord who rescued him from every persecution and suffering.
You see, in persecution, we will develop strength and endurance. And because this benefits us, we like to take post-suffering credit for this increase. But these increases are secondary benefits to the primary benefit. So Paul reminds us not to take credit for what God does. It's not our strength, attitude, character, or endurance that saves us. It is God who saves us from persecution and suffering. Look back not only on what residual benefits you have gained but also on how God saves and give him all the glory.
ASK THIS: How has God saved you?
DO THIS: What did God save you from. (Share it below and give Him glory.)
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for saving me from __________________________.
PLAY THIS: Shane & Shane. The Lord is My Salvation.
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