Stew on This: Fight Loneliness with Confidence like Paul
Written By: Glenn C. Stewart
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day,” (2 Timothy 1:9-12, KJV).
Those verses are part of a letter written by Paul to Timothy and they express Paul’s personal testimony of his confidence in the power of God.
Fight Loneliness with Confidence in the Power of God
In the Scriptures above, due to Paul’s ministry of the gospel, he suffers “these things,” which refers to a dungeon, abandonment, awful loneliness, an unjust sentence, and looming death. But despite all of that, he is “not ashamed.” He doesn’t shrink back. He makes no apologies and he has no disappointment. Why? How can this be?
Look at the next statements from the verses. They are affirmations of faith.
“I know whom I have believed.” That conveys confidence. It is significant that he didn’t say, “I know what I believe.” He gets to the heart of the matter – “my faith, my confidence, my reliance is in a person – the Lord Jesus Christ. I know Him. I know Jesus Christ as the bearer of my sin, the conqueror of death, the Lord of my life, the object of my worship, the strength of my life, and so I trust in Him. I have confidence even in this present crisis, for I am fully convinced that He is able to keep.”
He is able to keep. Keep what?
God’s powerful and He guards our deposits with Him. When we place a deposit in the bank, it is locked in a safe. During the day, a security guard may be present. It is guaranteed by FDIC, so we trust that our deposit is safe. Paul has deposited his life and soul, all that he is into the care of God. He has unshaken confidence that He is eternally safe and forever secure with God. No matter the storms of this life, there is a safe haven in eternity with Christ. The guarantee is the power of God. He has unlimited ability to guide us in this life and to guard us so that we are safe for all eternity. There is no better security in the world than the eternal security we have of knowing whom we have believed.
In 2 Timothy, Chapter 1, Paul is exhibiting truth faith in action. He displays total, transparent trust upon the one who is infinitely trustworthy. Jesus, who gave Paul confidence and assurance, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is and can be our source of security. He is our hope in a world of situations and circumstances that makes us feel as if we are coming unglued.
Where is your security today? Where is your hope? Where does your help come from? My prayer for you is instead of giving into loneliness, that your hope is in the Lord.