“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” — 2 Timothy 3:16
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Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3 offer us a guide to finding the fulfillment of wisdom. Paul is charging Timothy to remain faithful in times when deception is rampant. The lies of that evil snake are still causing chaos.
He tells Timothy to trust in the Holy Scriptures because they gave Timothy wisdom. How? They gave Timothy the discernment to understand that he was enslaved and in need of rescue. They taught him how the entire Bible was pointing to the One who would rescue him. They showed him that it is only by trusting in and surrendering to this Rescuer, Jesus our King, that he is set free.
The Bible guides us on how to live under Jesus’ renewing reign by teaching us how to commit to the well-being of another, how to find joy in all circumstances, how Jesus restores our brokenness, the strength of waiting, how to be kind to one another, teaching us good from bad, how to trust even in times of suffering, how the greatest witness to Jesus can come from our gentleness, and how to fight against the lies of the snake with the truth.
This type of wisdom isn’t gained by one reading. It is obtained by those who meditate day and night (Psalm 1), engaging with the life-giving breath of God on every page (2 Timothy 3:16), bearing the fruit of our trust and surrendering to Jesus in time.
— Tyler Keele, Tennessee Smokies chaplain
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