Did you hear about the two politicians, Don and Hillard, who were discussing religion? Don said, “I know a lot about religion…probably more than any other politician.”
Hillard smirked and challenged, “Don, I bet you can’t even repeat the Lord’s prayer.”
Bombastically, Don boasted, “I most certainly can. I’ll take that bet!” And so he began, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep…..”
With great surprise Hillard exclaimed, “Well, if that don’t beat all. I didn’t think you could do it.”
Can we agree that Biblical and religious ignorance abounds in our world. And it’s not just limited to politicians.
A Christian man was once asked what he believed about God. He replied, “I believe what my church believes.”
“What does your church believe?”
He said, “My church believes what I believe.”
“What do you and your church believe?”
He said, “We both believe the same thing.”
In one of the great verses of the Bible, the apostle Paul shares a knowledge, confidence and conviction that all of us should strive to obtain.
“But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” (2 Tim. 1:12)
American humorist Josh Billings once quipped, “I’d rather know a few things for certain than be sure of a lot of things that ain’t so.” Consider three important things we can know for sure from this verse.
(1) I Know Him.
Paul is affirming his faith in Jesus as the Christ. The Son of God. His Savior. Jesus was not just a historical figure. Or a great leader. Or a superb religious teacher. Paul knew Him as His Redeemer. His Mediator. And His friend.
Do you know Jesus? Really know Him? Not just facts about Him, but know Him? And enjoy a relationship with Him?
(2) I Know He is Able.
Paul had committed his soul to the keeping of Christ. His spiritual well being was entrusted to Him. His eternal destiny was in the Savior’s hand. No matter how Satan may assault us, Jesus is able to keep us. Protect us. Guard us.
This is why Paul was willing to endure pain, persecution and problems. He knew he could trust the Lord with His soul. Regardless of the challenges that he faced, he possessed a confidence and conviction in Jesus’ ability to provide for his needs and assure his salvation.
We, too, can have that knowledge. That assurance. That hope. We serve the same Lord that provided for Paul.
(3) I know “that day” will come.
Surely he is referring to that day he longed for spoke of in 2 Tim 4:8. “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
When we know Jesus, and commit our lives to His keeping, we can be assured of a day of reward for our faithfulness. A day of rejoicing. A day when we will see Him face to face. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!
There may be a lot things I don’t know. But this I know. God is. The Bible is the Word of God. And Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
What do you know? Do you know my Jesus?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman