Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
[2 Timothy 3:12-17 NKJV]
Yesterday morning as I prepared to walk our small excitable Jack Russell terrier, I felt that the top of my head needed protecting from the increasing cold as Winter approaches, so I put on my favourite head-warming hat and went out on the walk. All during the walk and up until now, the expression ‘wearing Horace’s hat’ has recurred with an insistence that I can only attribute to the Holy Spirit.
In a sense it is a second-hand (or second-head) hat, as it originally belonged to a dear man of God, who we were more than blessed to know for some years until The Lord took him home. His story is an amazing one — too long for a short meditation like this — but it is one that should be told in time. It is an inspiring testimony and tells of a man who found a deep abiding faith, overcame many obstacles (not the least of which was being unable to read), pastored a church in Cambridge and went on to be a mainstay in a Christian community in Ireland, where he was known locally and with respect and affection as “The Horace”.
He was, without doubt, a man of God, and someone who, by his example and advice helped deepen my own faith and those of any who knew him. He had a quality that is essential in any man of God; that of always pointing away from himself and towards Jesus Christ.
The scripture reading today seems so relevant to this dear saint. He continued in the things which he had learned and been assured of; and he was most emphatic about the one from whom he had learned. To me, he seemed ‘thoroughly equipped for every good work’
He is not alone among those who have been guides and mentors in this walk of faith; there have been ‘a fair few’ over the years, but I am always glad when I bring him to mind, and proud to be ‘wearing Horace’s hat’.
“What I tell you in darkness” — watch where God puts you in darkness, and when you are there, keep your mouth shut.
When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a precious message for someone else when you get into the light.