2 Timothy 4:18 (KJV) 18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lord always delivers us from every attack of the enemy. We’re very confident about our safe journey to our heavenly home. It’s not because we’re strong, it’s because our God is. That’s why all glory, honor, and praise belong to Him.
The apostle Paul had a huge share of attacks, persecutions, troubles, and hardships in his Christian journey. We could have expected him to say “And the Lord shall deliver me through every evil work.” He didn’t. It’s possible that in his perception, even in worst attacks from those who don’t like us as believers, even in most difficult of circumstances, God is delivering us from evil. Meaning to say, the situations God allows us to go through aren’t necessarily evil.
There are many ways to see it. What we may see as God delivering us through is actually God delivering us from. That may be hard to understand. One thing is sure though, through it all—we may not even fully understand the theological and/or practical meaning and implications of Paul’s words—God will get us home. So we bear and persevere through life. Now, we have a little adjustment in our mindset. No matter how trying the situations are, God is delivering us from every evil work.
Luke 2:11 (KJV) 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The Savior has been born. We don’t have to wait anymore; the long awaited promise has already come. The Messiah—Christ—Anointed One has come. He’s the One Who brings Good News; in fact, He is the Good News. His given Name is Jesus, which means “The Lord saves.” He proclaims liberty to the captives; He brings sight to the blind; He sets the captives free, and He proclaims the arrival of God’s favor.
Sadly, there are so many people still longing and looking for the Messiah to come. Sadder still, there are also so many who are now following self-proclaimed messiahs. The true Messiah’s birth was heavenly initiated and orchestrated. Angel Gabriel brought the news to Mary; an angel spoke to Joseph in a dream; the Holy Spirit supernaturally overshadowed Mary and she had a supernatural conception—a virgin with child.
The Name alone is very telling: Jesus. The purpose of the Name says more: For He will save His people from their sins. What about the prophecy: “…They will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’?” So many things about Him are unexpectedly unique. His advent was surprisingly humble; His birth was surprisingly miraculous; the promises were surprisingly grand. The fulfillment was surprisingly precise. He is the one true Messiah.
The true Savior has been born. The Messiah, the Savior born is also the Lord. The angel told Mary something interesting when he told her about the Son to be born through her: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end (Luke 1:31-33).” Yes, Jesus has come, but there’s a lot more to come.
Luke 1:33 (KJV) 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
This is a part of angel Gabriel’s explanation to Mary as to Who the Son is Who will be born through her. It’s speaking of the established earthly eternal kingdom. This is a description Mary never saw happened in her lifetime. We still don’t see it today. But it’s a prophetic description coming from a being who stands in the very presence of God, sent by God Himself as His messenger of Good News of great joy, a message of peace and goodwill. Oh yes, He reigns; He does so in the hearts of man and women who are fully surrendered to Him—citizens of the Kingdom that will soon be manifested in the visible realm. There’s a major kingdom “relocation” we’re still waiting for.
Just because we don’t see God’s prophecies fulfilled with our own eyes doesn’t mean they won’t be fulfilled. Many of the saints in the past—heroes of faith saw God’s promises from afar, but they saw them—by faith. No prophecy, no Word of God will fall to the ground and fail; they will all come to pass; they will fulfill their every purpose. God never lies; He never will. That’s why He is completely trustworthy, infinitely trustworthy. He is totally and absolutely dependable. He sees the end from the beginning. How can He fail? How can He make a mistake? Every prophecy that needs to happen to date has happened. There’s no reason to doubt what He declared are still about to come.
We have incalculably more than sufficient reasons to believe God and to believe His messengers, especially those who spend time in His presence. God is pure; His intentions are pure. There’s nothing we can give Him that He doesn’t have yet. Everything we have comes from Him. He doesn’t have any reason to deceive us; He won’t get anything from that. It’s to our utmost advantage and benefit believing His promises and living out His Word. It’s crazy and foolish not to. We live by faith and not by sight, feelings, senses, or circumstances. Faith is anchored on His Word. A life of faith is life lived under the canopy of His blessings, and favor. There, we find worth greater than anyone can give; we have our God-given purpose and direction; He shows us where to go and leads us to our destiny. The Lord is Truth; we shall not doubt.
Heaven and earth will pass away; everything that can be shaken will be shaken, but the Kingdom of God will remain. We’ve received and will continue receiving from our precious Lord gifts and blessings that really matter. We are deeply grateful to Him and we continue to live a life of worship, a life that honors and pleases Him. This is our highest expression of praise and thanksgiving, our most appropriate response to an unconditionally loving and all-powerful God and Father, and our surest step in preparing for and welcoming His unshakable Kingdom.
We’re surrounded by so many faithful forebearers who lived with their sights focused on our heavenly home. We do that. We prefer a home not made by human hands; we choose treasures that won’t get rusted, corrupted, or stolen. We don’t stagnate, give up, or turn back; instead, we press on towards God’s high calling–an eternal existence with our beloved God and Father.
We let go of anything and everything that may get us sidetracked, weighted down, sidelined, or disqualified. We set our eyes in the King of the Kingdom. He has shown us how. Despite pain, suffering, and shame, He completed His mission; we will too. If we need to be disciplined, constricted, corrected, we’re willing–anything for God. We’ve received the best; why trade for less?
Luke 18:16-17 (KJV) 16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
In the middle of the apostles prohibiting the children to come to Jesus for reasons unstated, Jesus instead called the children to Him and made a startling statement that may have served as both a correction to the apostles and a revelation of a very important truth to all those around Him. This is a very clear and direct statement about children’s assurance of salvation. The Kingdom of God belongs to them; they belong to the Kingdom of God. Their “auto-citizenship” in the Kingdom through God’s special grace is so sure that Jesus even made it a basis to show how everyone else qualifies. Unless everyone else becomes childlike, they won’t enter God’s Kingdom.
This may be a mystery to some since even children inherit the sin nature and commit sin. No one knows the ever-mysterious moment of accountability except God, but we’re all assured that children are Kingdom people. They are obviously important to God; they ought to be really important to us. They’re not little insignificant extras of life. They need to be given attention to, taught and trained in the ways of the Kingdom. They are little princes and princesses who need to know how to conduct themselves properly as Kingdom people. And as we do, let’s remember to become like them in childlike humility and dependence. To be Kingdom people and as Kingdom people, humility is an indispensable trait. As we were ushered into the Kingdom through humble realization and admission of our spiritual bankruptcy, we ought to abide in that childlike attitude towards our spiritual maturity. There ought to be no proud believer.
Our exalted Father to Whom all glory belongs, we pray that we’ll learn to treat children with importance. May they know how valuable they are to You through us. Open our eyes that we may learn from them, that we may be humble. For those who have not yet entered Your Kingdom, may we do so upon reading this. For us who have, may we never grow proud or even act proud even in sure possession of Your precious gift of salvation. May our glory be only in the cross of Your Son.