《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.” (2Ti 1:12)
Meditation one: Why should Christians encounter suffering yet no cause for shame? It is because we know that the Lord we entrust is faithful and trustworthy. God sometimes brings in difficult situations so that we have the opportunity to experience God’s richness and to witness His glory. A Christian can take heart in tribulations, not because he/she is strong, but because he/she knows who Christ is and does. Christians are convinced there is no difficulty that “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:39).
Meditation two: Does knowing the Lord have anything to do with spiritual growth? There is a profound affiliation! The more you know the Lord, the faster your spiritual life will grow; the more you know Him, the more you can rest in Him. Christian’s belief does not depend on you believe on “what”, but depend on you believe in “whom”. Do you know Him? Spiritual growth does not depend on how much you know the Bible or how much time you have served, it depends on how much you know God. When you really know the God you believe in, you will return His love through actions.
Prayer: God heavenly Father, thank You for Your vast and incomparable grace not only to come to me, but also to use me as Your witness in this land. As a hymn says, “I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me He has made known, nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for His own. But I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day”. Lord! Please help me, in the middle of this crooked and perverse generation, give me courage, increase my faith, and preach the gospel. No matter where I am, I want to preach Your truth, testify Your love, and share Your peace. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!