I have some notes on 2 Timothy that I’d like to share today.

Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

2 Timothy 2:7 (NIV)

There are times when we just need to be still and reflect. When we read the Bible, that’s a good thing. When we read the Bible and reflect on what it says, that’s a better thing. Finally, when we read the Bible and do what it says, that is the best thing.

Jeremiah reminds us that “the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true” (Jeremiah 28:9 NIV). When speaking of the church’s future, Paul tells Timothy something similar to what was said in Jeremiah 28:9.

For the time will come when people will not put 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.

2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)

Regardless of the time, people would rather hear good news than bad news. Instead, we’d prefer to be told how great we’re doing instead of how we’re missing the mark. That’s what Paul’s telling Timothy in this verse. One way I see that manifesting today is in how people select a church. While we all want to be encouraged when we go to church, we should enjoy the truth more. We should choose churches based on how God moves us and not on how good we feel about what is being said. As I’ve said, the truth and encouraging words are not mutually exclusive.

That’s all I have for today! I pray this day finds you well, and thank you for stopping by!