Insights from a Glory-Bound Lady”
Volume 5 Number 32 “The WHY and WHO”
August 10th, 2022
After dozens and dozens of clips from Karen’s conference notes which she would share with ladies and her own Bible study journal notes to herself, I am going to open to my friends another notebook of Karen’s. Whenever Karen sat under the preaching of God’s Word, she always took notes. It has been a spiritual and emotional blessing to me to hold in my hands her Bible and open her 8X5 notebooks of notes that she wrote for herself.
In the summer of 2010, Karen accompanied me to Camp Manitoumi in Low Point, Illinois. I was the family camp speaker and preached in morning and evening chapel. On Friday morning of the week, I spoke about “When Hard Times Come!” I will share what Karen wrote that I preached as well as her own personal notes.
Karen wrote: Let’s have a pointed and precious C.H.A.T. together from the Book of 2 Timothy. When hard times come, and they will, it will be important to remember these four things that Paul wrote to Timothy.
C stands conviction in confusing times.
H stands for help in hurting times.
A stands for assurance in alarming times.
T stands for triumphant in trying times.
1. C= Conviction in confusing times.
Paul’s calling is very clear. “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God” (1:1).
Paul’s confinement is confusing. “Me His prisoner” (1:8).
Paul’s conviction is certain. “I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (1:12).
We may not understand the “why,” but we can always trust the “Who” when hard times come. “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7).
Michael’s observation: If I had a man that I wanted to impact the entire world with the good news of the gospel, the last thing I would do is confine him in prison. But it is a good thing that I am not in charge! I would have messed everything up. Even in the midst of confinement which seems confusing, Paul’s conviction of the WHO and not the WHY has continued to bless and encourage Christians in every generation. This continues to encourage me, and I pray it does you as well. Next time we will look at the H which stands for help in hurting times.