2 Timothy 4:1-2 (NLT)
4 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
Be prepared. It’s like the Boy Scout who repaired his father’s car horn and exclaimed “Beep repaired!”. Maybe not.
Like the repaired horn, you can actually do something with it when it works, when it sounds it’s voice. Without, danger comes and there’s no warning, then crash. With, it gives everyone a chance to react and change course.
Of course, many times the horn is blown in anger, in impatience (like the guy who’s blowing the horn before the light turns green). Many times it’s blown in ignorance. Horns get misused, just like God’s word.
When used properly though they are life savers – both horns and God’s word. Especially God’s word. God’s word is love and boundaries, love and the right way to live born of infinite wisdom and knowledge that we can’t begin to fathom. Today those words from God are labeled hateful.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
Yep. Like the world today. If you’re a parent you’ve heard “I hate you” from your child once or so when you say no and you wondered who’s brat is screaming like that. That’s no different from those who scream at God when he says no, it ain’t right to do that. Yet, they follow their own desires and look for confirming truths, screaming “I hate you” at God. Heavy sigh.
Psalm 34:8 (NLT)
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Taste and see.