Hello! Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, and are enjoying your Sunday! I haven’t been feeling the greatest this past week, so our weekend was pretty low-key. I am feeling better today though, so I guess the rest and relaxation really did the trick 🙂
So today I was reading through some various, random scriptures, and came across one of my favorites:
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Paul was speaking to Timothy through a letter when he gave him this encouragement. Apparently Timothy was having a tough time getting people to listen to him, and was facing some opposition to the message he was preaching. Maybe he was at the point of giving up, felt as though he couldn’t go on much longer, or even just felt like blending in to the backdrop instead of speaking the truth he knew in his heart. Perhaps he was trying to follow his passions and use the gifts God had given him to reach people, but things just weren’t going his way, and he was facing a lot of criticism.
Whatever he may have been feeling, Paul knew how to encourage him. Even though things might not always be easy, it’s important to remember that God never created us to be timid with the gifts he has given us. He gave us our own unique gifts and talents for a reason, and he created us to utilize them boldly. Not fearfully or timidly, but courageously and confidently, no matter what opposition we may face. He didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but one of confidence and courage. Paul knew this, and I’m sure Timothy did too, but in the midst of his overwhelming circumstances, he needed to be reminded.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that we were created to live with courage and confidence, not fear and timidity.
Sometimes we let our current situations get the better of us, and we choose to shrink away from the path God has set for us, choosing instead the path of fear and timidity.
Sometimes we, just like Timothy, need to be reminded that our God is bigger than anything we may be facing, and that the spirit he has given us is not one of fear, but of courage.
Is there something you are going through right now that seems to be getting the best of you? Don’t give in to the fear, or the temptation to act timidly. Remember, God gave you a spirit of courage and boldness. Don’t be afraid to use it!
Nothing is impossible for you when you have Him on your side!