May we share with you from a recent daily meditation from 2 Timothy 2:8-10:
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”
The confinement that many of us are living through is—obviously—of a very different order to that which Paul endured when he wrote this letter to Timothy. Nevertheless, Paul’s central convictions remain true: although He was in chains, the Gospel cannot be chained; although we are confined, the Word of God is not constrained. Stories abound at this unusual time of people connecting to online church services and finding faith, of households rediscovering what it means to serve the Lord and worship together as a family in Christ, of quiet kindnesses, and answered prayers. Please join with us in rejoicing in Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, whose Kingdom steadily comes in and through this horribly difficult time, in so many ways because His Word of power is not—and cannot be—chained.