“The Lord ... will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:18)
The apostle Paul had lived a full and adventurous life.
He was at one stage a leading persecutor of the followers of Jesus.
However, his life was transformed and he became a follower of Jesus Christ himself.
Years later, he was imprisoned because of this commitment, but he was not despondent and wrote to his friends at Philippi, “For, to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
When facing death, he records, “The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.”
As an old man of 90. President Jimmy Carter has now been diagnosed with brain cancer.
He has had many successes in his life and many disappointments.
In his own words: “I have to admit that the Lord has brought me on a very different kind of journey than the one I thought I was beginning on a farm near Plains, Georgia, during the Great Depression.
“None of us can know where our journeys with God will take us even tomorrow – let alone a decade from now – so it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes each day to connect with God and ask, ‘Well, where do you want to take me today?’”
The Sunday after his brain cancer was diagnosed, President Carter was taking Sunday School in the same church he had attended for many years and where he had taught more than 600 Bible lessons.
He spoke for 30 minutes, without notes, on the subject of forgiveness.
We may not be famous like Paul or like President Carter, but it is open to every one of us to connect with God and find that he is at our side and gives us strength for every day.
Olivet Evangelical Church, Falkirk