Difficult Times (2 Timothy 3:1)

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

2 Timothy 3:1

It is getting more and more difficult to deal with the news. It is getting so bad that social media might need to change its moniker to anti-social media. It seems like things are falling apart. And this should not surprise me.

Paul wrote to Timothy that difficult times would come as the world neared its last night. Paul goes on to describe what people will be like in these difficult timeslovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power (vv2-5). People have never adhered quite so closely to Paul’s description as they do today.

What am I to do?

First, I need to take a deep breath and remember that this is not news to God. He informed me, through Paul, that this would happen — told me almost two thousand years ago, in fact. God is not surprised by this. On the contrary, everything is proceeding as He told me it would.

Second, I need to remember that God loves these people. Those people described above — the ones who love pleasure instead of God — God loves them. If an opportunity presents itself to share the gospel, I need to take it. Now, more than ever, the need to bear God witness and to offer salvation to anyone who might believe is urgent.

Third, I need to examine myself. These people about whom Paul writes hold to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power. These people think they are saved and are likely not.

Lastly, if I become aware of a person like this; a person who is always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth; never able to come to salvation, then I should have nothing to do with them.

Things are bad and God told me that they would get this way.

God still loves people, even though they are hostile toward Him.

I need to examine myself and be certain that I am not becoming one of these folks and should avoid those about whom I am certain that these things — the self-love and so on — are true.

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