What Comes Next?

There is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord . . . will award to me on that day.

2 Timothy 4:8

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 2 Timothy 4:1–8

On the night of April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” In it, he hints that he believed he might not live long. He said, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. . . . [But] I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” The next day, he was assassinated.

The apostle Paul, shortly before his death, wrote to his protégé Timothy: “I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. . . . Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day” (2 Timothy 4:68). Paul knew his time on earth was drawing to a close, as did Dr. King. Both men realized lives of incredible significance, yet never lost sight of the true life ahead. Both men welcomed what came next.

Like them, may we “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

God knows us

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Lord I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made
You know my thoughts, my going out and my lying down,
You’re familiar with all my ways
Even before I speak You know my words, You know my name. (Based on part of Psalm 139).

I like what the composer of the lyrics has done in this song. It’s as if he or she has put Psalm 139 into song and personally I like that.

In my bible there’s a footnote for verse “17 Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me”‘ and it’s true his thoughts for us are amazing

I have read and heard this Psalm read out several times but I think I have to be honest in saying I learned more from it in doing this blog than ever before