Today’s scripture: 2 Timothy 2:3-4
We are in a battle, folks. Ephesians 6:12 says it well: "We
are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities
and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world" (CEV). Every
day we need to put on the full armor of God as Paul described in verses 10-17
of that same chapter.
Then in today’s verses, Paul reminded Timothy of two things a soldier—someone
in battle—must be aware of: He suffers, and his focus must be on the battle.
We’re God’s soldiers, and we too must be aware of the same things.
We will suffer. We are not promised smooth and easy lives. Not at all. Think of
a soldier in combat. You may not be in the military, nor may you personally
know someone who is, but you’ve seen footage of men and women on the
frontlines. Their daily lives can be difficult. Tough environments. The
constant threat of attack. Being away from loved ones. Even watching fellow
soldiers wounded—or die.
So how do those in active combat survive their hardships? They remain
“untangled” of the “affairs of everyday life.” They recognize their commitment
to their superiors and to the reason for the battle. They put aside other
concerns and remain focused on the battle itself.
As we face our own battles, we must also focus on combating the enemy. We can’t
let the daily concerns of life steal our focus from gearing up for battle,
which we do by spending time in God’s word and in quiet communion with our
Today—and every day—you’re heading out into battle. Are you prepared? Are you
ready for suffering? And are you focused on winning the battle alongside your