Week of September 4
Scripture to Memorize: 2 Timothy 2:2
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
Day 1--Read: 2 Timothy 2:1
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
Reflect: What is the source of strength Paul encourages Timothy to lean into?
Consider: Be strong is an imperative, for which see “strength” and comments in 1 Tim 1:12. The present tense indicates a condition that should be continuous, hence “Continue being strong,” “Keep on being strong.” The passive voice of the imperative may suggest that it is really God who is the source of strength, and therefore it makes possible a translation like “Let God make you strong,” “Allow God to strengthen you.”1
Respond: In what ways do you struggle to be strong? How do you need to pray specifically for strength? Pray the promises of the gospel over your situation and claim the strength and power God wants to exercise in your life!
1 Daniel C. Arichea and Howard Hatton, A Handbook on Paul’s Letters to Timothy and to Titus, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1995), 191.