In chapter three, we learn that our perseverance is going to be tied to the acceptance of God’s Word. We live in difficult days (3:1) where sin is everywhere (3:2). We are prone to be led by impulse (3:16) and there are lots of imposters (3:13). For these reasons, we must accept God’s Word as truth and be guided by that truth.
As a freshman at a large high school, I spent the first couple of days trying to find my way from class to class. I quickly learned that I could trust no one for directions. Fellow first year students, out of ignorance, might lead me in the wrong direction. Evil minded upper classmen might purposefully point me in the wrong direction to get a laugh. To find my way correctly I needed to consult the map.
Some today give wrong advice out of ignorance; others pervert God’s laws out of deceit for His word. The only way to stay in the truth is to follow the map—the Bible. Paul warned the young pastor, Timothy, that evil men would deceive and be deceived. Whether a person is deceived ignorantly contrary to the truth or intentionally distorts the truth, the result is the same—theological error.
The only way to protect ourselves is to immerse ourselves in the Word of God. Certainly and thankfully God uses individuals through preaching, singing, and writing to point us to the truth. However, only in knowing and growing in God’s Word with the Holy Spirit as our ultimate teacher will we be able to navigate through the false directions that get sent our way.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.