Timothy is taking over Paul’s church in Ephesus. He is very young, and has very big shoes to fill. But Paul knows that Timothy is the right person to take his place, and so he issues these words of encouragement and advice so that Timothy and the church there has the right perspective to move forward.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
It is not by age and experience that God chooses people. God chose David, a shepherd boy, the youngest of all of the brothers. God uses Abraham, a man well past his years. The list goes on and on. God looks at the inside, not the outside when he chooses people for his purpose. God chooses people based on their availability, not their ability. He chooses them based on how open they are to his will, and their willingness to be obedient to his will. He uses those who have room in their cup.
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Experience doesn’t matter. Physical strength doesn’t matter. God has more than enough strength to carry each of us through whatever obstacles might try to get in our way. There is no mountain too high, no river too wide, no sickness, no family issue, no relationship issue, no problem at work, no problem at home, no problem with your spouse, no addiction, no inner struggle, that is too big for our God. So don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is. God is the ultimate power, our Creator, Healer, Comforter.
So don’t let anyone look down on us because we are too young, too old, or anywhere in between. Don’t let anyone look down on us because we don’t have enough experience, or because we have too much. Don’t let anyone look down on us because of our skin color, whether we are man or woman, whether we think we are qualified or not. God can make anything happen. And God can use us if we are open and available to it.
So let us seek the Lord and know His Will. Let us walk in his Ways. And let us speak Words of faith, of light and life that align with His Word. I call you blessed.
Good morning heavenly Father. Thank you for giving me a great night of rest last night, and waking me up to spend another day here with you. Rebuild my body from the stress and strain of the flesh. Flush out all of the bad that creeps into my mind body and spirit and tries to steal my peace. Renew my mind. Refresh my Spirit. Deliver the enemy from my hands. Remove any obstacles, seen or unseen for those who plot against me in hiding. Make my path straight, and my burden light. We declare this day to be filled with your goodness. We declare our bodies healed. We declare our hearts full of love, and a mind full of peace. We declare joy, joy, joy. For you are a good good father, and your Word tells us that you bless the righteous and you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Help us to walk in your goodness and to not be disturbed. Help us to praise you through the storm. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” – Psalm 5:12
- “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16
- “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” – Psalm 147:5
- “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26
- “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you’.” – Matthew 17:20
- “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16
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