Week 34 Saturday

Count On It

Today’s scripture selection: First Timothy 4-6

Key verses: First Timothy 4:9-10

     We all need something we can count on.

We need to have a secure foundation; something upon which we can boldly and confidently stake our claim.

For some, that is a belief in a particular political party.

For others, it is a belief in a particular philosophy about life.

For still others, it is a belief in a religion.

For the apostle Paul it was this:

“This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all…and especially those who believe.”

Paul counted on God.

For him, God was not a religious concept; a theoretical idea.  God was a powerful, living, acting, loving, divine entity – full of holy compassion.  And Paul’s God was not just one god among many – but the one true God.

It was a startling idea in the apostle’s world of many gods and many philosophies.

It’s still a startling idea today.

Place your faith, not in a religious concept or an ethic or a mystical vision or an intellectual theory.  Place your faith in the same living, loving, powerful, holy, praiseworthy God Paul found in Jesus Christ – and you will have something secure indeed.

Count on it.  Count on Him.

Prayer: Almighty God, Loving God, Holy Spirit, I stake my life – eternally – on You.  AMEN.

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