PRAYER: Happy Thursday. Please pray for safe travels today as we travel down to Florida for a few shows.
DEVOTION: “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:16-19
A continuation of yesterday’s thoughts on reflection. Verses 18 and 19 are the focus today.
I love the verse here, “holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.”
When you suffer shipwreck with regard to your faith, it’s not a small mishap, it’s catastrophic. There’s no turning back when you have a shipwreck in your life. You are in deep and it takes time, a lot of time, to recover.
Paul is trying to help us avoid shipwreck in our faith walk. Instructing us to hold on to faith, hold on to good conscience. The New Living Translation says “some people have deliberately violated their consciences.” The thought is a heavy one.
We know right from wrong, yet we continue to do wrong. We continue to go against the faith, against all that we know is right. This is the heart of the matter. Paul is warning us against this practice. Against this type of behavior. We must fight, resist and renounce the wrong. Lean into the right and keep the faith.
Today. Let’s work on avoiding a shipwreck. Let’s focus on the right. Steer away from the wrong and lean into our faith in Jesus.