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Sincere Faith.

2 Timothy 1    Jeremiah 5-6    Psalm 121

“I am reminded of your sincere faith” (2 Timothy 1:5). In today’s readings we see faith, both sincere and sorely lacking. Witness true faith in action in the ministries of Jeremiah and Paul. Hear the words of faith unfeigned in Psalm 121. Observe living faith handed down from Lois to Eunice to Timothy. And then note well the contrast between these positive examples and the behaviors of unfaithfulness identified in Jeremiah, where “the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn” (Jeremiah 6:10). There is much for us to learn from these examples both positive and negative . . .

“My help comes from the Lord” (Psalm 121:2). So declares the singer in one of the most beloved of the psalms. “The Lord is your keeper . . . he will keep your life” (v.5,7). The words express confidence. Trust. Honest faith. God is always present and active, engaged and vigilant. Next to this, Jeremiah reports, “They have spoken falsely of the Lord, and have said, ‘He will do nothing'” (Jeremiah 5:12).  I wonder . . . which perspective most accurately reflects the state of our faith, yours and mine? Do we live and pray with a sincere faith in God as our keeper? Or do we, in the living of our days, assume that God “will do nothing”? And, if our faith in God is sincere, how will we — or anyone, for that matter — know? Well.

“For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you” (2 Timothy 1:6). Sincere faith is living faith. That is, those who truly trust God, live for God. Courageously. And contageously. In the power, love, and discipline of mind given by the Spirit who dwells within. May you trust God as your Helper and Keeper. May you walk in his way with courage and discipline. And may your living faith live also in those who follow you. Amen.

“For I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.”
— 2 Timothy 1:12

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