Monday, August 12, 2013

"Against That Day"

"For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless 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." 2 Timothy 1:12
When we read this verse, we usually think of "against that day" as being the day in which we stand before the Lord. And that He is able to keep what we have committed to Him, including ourselves, then. But "against that day" has a broader meaning as well. 
The Lord isn't limited to being able to keep what and who I commit to Him at the Judgment Day only. He is able to keep whatever is committed to Him now. There are other "days" that come into our lives-- days of temptations, days of trials, days of testing, days of problems, days of hardships, days of attacks, days of discouragement, days of turmoil, etc. When those days come, the Lord is able to keep what we have committed to Him, again, including ourselves. 
He is able to keep me safe on the days when the winds of adversity blow. He is able to keep me secure on that days when the enemy attacks. He is able to keep my mind in peace during the days when confusion settles around me. He is able to keep me comforted on the days when my body is racked with pain. He is able to keep me strong in His power and might on the days when my strength fails. He is able to keep me from falling on the days when the tempter is enticing me to sin. 
The Lord is the Keeper. He is your and my Keeper. He knows how to keep us. We can't keep ourselves. He will keep us as we look to Him, trust in Him, keep our mind on Him, surrender to Him, and commit ourselves to Him. 
Have a great day. The Lord knows how to keep us against that day... and every day, regardless of what it may bring.
For further reading:
Isaiah 26:3
Psalm 121:5; 91:11
2 Corinthians 12:9
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