For faithfulness in the midst of anxiety
For thankfulness to our Lord who steers rightly
Today’s text: 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13
I KNOW HOW ANXIOUS THINGS are these days; reading Paul’s admonition to Timothy to ponder how soldiers or athletes conduct themselves reminded me of a quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Why do you worry? What possible use does your worrying serve? You are aboard such a large ship that you would be unable to steer even if your Captain placed you at the helm. You would not even be able to adjust the sails, yet you worry as if you were the captain or the helmsman of the vessel. Be quiet, dear soul — God is the Master!
Speaking of ships, I’ve talked to some sailors and one of the things I’ve gleaned from them is the necessity of sticking to/finishing assignments. There are certain tasks on a vessel that must be seen through to completion so that it remains safe and seaworthy. Sails must be trimmed, halyards and winches must be secured, damage to varnish or paint should be addressed as soon as possible. One sailor I knew said that a “controlled capsize” was a vital part of teaching someone to sail, for it is far better to practice when everyone is ready than to be caught off guard! Yet it is finally the captain who is responsible for the ship—sailors are responsible for their area only. (Airplanes are like this also—the pilot of a plane, no matter how large or small, goes through certain check lists and assignments to ensure the plane is ready to fly).
We talk a lot about storms, and certainly Jesus (and Paul, following him) teaches us to be ready when the storms of life hit. Can we be like Timothy and reflect on how we can emulate soldiers/sailors, athletes or farmers and follow through on our assignments? What are our areas of responsibility? What callings are we assigned? What do we do with the fear we feel (such as being on a ship or plane in a storm) when we want to wrest control from the captain? We know that storms come, and the Master has us, so we have no reason to be afraid. Most of all, let’s not abandon or neglect our post b/c “the captain doesn’t care or won’t notice” and risk being capsized!
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks