Our Daily Bread: Guarding Hearts
- READ: 2 Timothy 2:10-18
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not
need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
For years I taught adult Bible-study classes in a local church and took
great pains to consider Scripture carefully before answering questions
during the lessons. Later, during a lecture in my first semester of
seminary at age 40, I learned that I'd given a woman who had attended
one of my classes a terrible answer to her heartfelt question. I was
certain my response had been causing her distress over the 2�years since I had seen her, and I was eager to correct myself for her sake.
Racing home, I called her and instantly burst into an apology. A long pause
was followed by her saying in a puzzled tone: I'm sorry, but I'm having trouble placing you right now.� I was neither as memorable nor as
damaging as I had believed! It was then I realized God is at work
guarding His truth even as we grow in our understanding of His Word. I'm thankful He protected this woman's heart.
We are human and will make mistakes sometimes as we share God's Word with
others. But we have an obligation to diligently seek His truth and
exercise care when we talk about it (2 Tim. 2:15). Then we may boldly
proclaim Him, praying that His Spirit will guard not only our hearts but also the hearts of those we seek to serve. God and His Word are
deserving of the greatest care. Randy Kilgore
The words I spoke but yesterday
Are changed as I read Your Word;
I see more clearly Your perfect way,
And my heart is deeply stirred. Kilgore
Let God's Word fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your words.