Part of the reason we are working through the letters of Paul in our Crash Summer Bible Reading is summed up in the words found in these two chapters:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
– 2 Timothy 4:1-5 NIV
We truly are in a time in our world where people have given up sound doctrine and common sense. They do what they want and simply make up stuff up to suit their selfish desires. Paul is urging Timothy (and us) to be prepared to tell the truth of the Gospel. If we don’t read the Word of God, how then will we know the truth? If we don’t study it, how will we be able to know the difference between the truth of God and the lies of the devil?
Read the word, study it, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it more fully and apply it to your life each day.