“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus”
(2 Timothy 2:1)
The key to our Christian faith lies in our relationship with the Lord.
It is not sufficient to believe that there is one God. As James tells us “Even the demons believe that–and shudder.” (2:19) John puts the truth and intimacy of the relationship this way in order to illustrate its reality,
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1)
Whereas ‘the demons’ have only one expectation from God which fills them with fear Christians may have a totally different belief and hope. They see a God who has come to seek them, find them, call and save them, and bring them into a living and eternal relationship with Himself. He promises to be with them always and that nothing will now be able to separate them from Him or His love. He undertakes to bless then with His Holy Spirit and to equip, strengthen and empower them for the life into which He will lead them.
When Paul says that “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) he is talking from his own experience of the wonderful reality of the love and presence of the Lord, who said also that,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2Corinthians 12:9)
Whatever our particular need may be the answer is always to be found in the Lord – in His love, His truth, His power and His will – in the wonder of “the incomparable riches of His grace” that embraces us like the air that we breathe.
Practice living in the constant awareness of His grace and favour.
Lord please help me to trust Your love more than my own insecurities and fears. Amen.