2 Timothy 2:1-4 “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
A newly saved child of God may ask why they experience trouble in their life. Without proper discipleship, it may be tough to navigate. Timothy had Paul. John Mark had Barnabas. We all need a seasoned saint to teach us and guide us along the way.
This trouble is nothing new.
Job 5:7 “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”
It all began in the garden and will not cease until we enter into the new Heaven and the new earth. We will receive a respite for a millennium, but Satan will be loosed for a season, and then vanquished forever to the lake of fire.
This fight we are in has been going on since before the creation of man. Lucifer fell from his position as archangel and took a third of the angels with him. When we accepted salvation’s gift of sins forgiven and eternal life, we also made an enemy.
We’ve been thrust onto a battlefield of the ages.
As a former United States Marine, I know a bit about the preparation for battle. It is first a physical preparation. Your body must be in its peak condition if you are to survive against your enemy.
It is second, a mental battle. There are so many that return from battle and the fatigue, the horrors, and the surreal situations and circumstances a soldier endures is like no other. Post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD is real. God can and will see the soldier who is suffering through to the new normal they need to create.
Emotions run to the extreme. The carnality of war reduces man to his most base of instincts. Kill or be killed. Any soldier may or may not tell what it felt like to take a man’s life. It changes you.
Thirdly, it is a spiritual battle. God is for life. Satan is about death and destruction.
In this preparation, God, through Paul to Timothy, gives us an insight to the battles we will face.
1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Fight, flee, and follow—three ways to approach this battle we face.
There is a good fight, one in which we should engage. There are those from which we need to flee. Then, there is a path for us to travel as we continue in this fight. But what struck me this morning is the fourth verse.
“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
As a child of God, we are given a new nature. We are no longer just a creature of earth, and we have a home in Heaven given to us by our Heavenly Father. We are adopted into the family of God. We are His child. We are given a purpose on this earth and commands, which we are to obey.
We’ve been given armor for this fight. We are given promises that God will not leave us alone in this fight but will see us through. Rest assured, that if we follow His lead, we will be more than conquerors.
Romans 8:36-37 “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
All that is given to me by the Father is for my good and to glorify and magnify Him while I am here.
Know full well, child of God, that whatever you are going through has not escaped His notice. He cares for the birds of the air, and He will care for you.
Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
What is it that has caused us to doubt?
What has our enemy thrown at you that has caused you to think anything but good about our God?
We will not leave this battle till our body is laid to rest in the ground, or the trumpet sounds for us all to go home.
So, I cannot remain beholden to those things of this world that would entangle me. Many know and can testify that living in both worlds only makes everything unstable.
James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.“
When our body, soul, and spirit are committed to this battle, fully clothed in the armor of God, and ready for whatever may come, we can rest in the promise that our God will never leave us nor forsake us.
We are living in strange times. There is but one guidebook to follow – the Word of God. He will prepare us, train us, provide for us, protect us, and see us through till the end.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
We will never be free from engaging in this battle. While we are here, let us do our best to please our Commander in Chief.
“…that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”