You can “stand” on this!

Please take a minute to think about Paul’s words to Timothy.

But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness” (2 Timothy 2.19).

What did you discover during your meditation on this verse? Here is what I’ve found.

(1) A Foundation to Stand Upon

Is there a sure and certain foundation that we can stand on?

Isaiah’s words seem more true than ever for today’s generation.

Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter!
(Isaiah 5.20)

When the truth is turned on its head, is there a sure foundation that we can rely upon for security?

Paul answers the question and draws our attention to the fact that God is a “firm foundation.”

The old hymn, “The Solid Rock,” declares

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

(2) Stand on this! God knows you!

Good news! “The Lord knows those who are his” (verse 19).

God knows your name. He knows your dreams, your fears, your hopes, and everything else about you.

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me, just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10.14-15).

This is the truth we can stand on.

— Jesus knows you as intimately as are the relations within the Trinity.

— We belong to Jesus and he laid down his life for us.

Jesus is the best friend you could ever have. You can tell him everything that is going on in your life.

You can share your hopes, dreams, fears, troubles, and everything else with him, knowing that knows you and cares deeply for you.

Stand on the fact that your best friend is Jesus.

(3) You can’t have God’s friendship and be friends with sin at the same time.

The message of the false prophets in the Old Testament was that humans could live in their sin and have peace with God at the same time.

The German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, accused the church in his day of practicing “cheap grace.”

One man put “cheap grace” like this. He said, “God and I have a deal. He likes to forgive and I like to sin.”

If your foundation with God is based on this kind of deception, it will fail you every time.

The best foundation is to align our lives with God and his plan for us.

Jesus outlined the best way to live when he said:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11.28-29).

Jesus gave us a prescription for experiencing “rest” in a troubled world.

— We must come to him, who is our true and firm foundation for life.

— We turn away from ideas of “cheap grace” and align ourselves with his will.

— We learn and practice the attitudes and actions of Jesus, knowing this is the best path to the best life possible.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I have produced a video on this passage. It can be found on the Bob Spradling channel.

Please email your prayers to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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