2 Timothy 2:8-13

            C.S. Lewis once described God as the Hound of Heaven.  By that phrase he meant that God doggedly pursued him and would not let go.  Lewis came into Christian faith “kicking and screaming” as God’s faithful pursuit won out in his life. 
            The Apostle Paul reminded his young protégé Timothy of some basic sound theology that was to keep him on track and encouraged in a tough ministry.  Paul gave Timothy a trustworthy saying that he could easily remember and say to himself day after day, especially when the going got tough: 
            If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
            if we endure, we will also reign with him;
            if we deny him, he also will deny us;
            if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.
            The beauty, wonder, and distinction of God is his amazing grace.  He is not fickle, but loves and holds on even when we are unlovely and are trying to avoid him and jump out of his hand.  When God pursues, he finds; when he holds on, he will not let go.
            This trustworthy saying of Scripture is a good, short, solid expression of theological truth to memorize, meditate upon, and repeat to ourselves over and over again.  We belong to Jesus Christ.  God is with us.  The Hound of Heaven will always sniff us out and bring us to himself.
            Thank you, O God, for your great faithfulness to your elect, even to me.  I give unceasing praise and undying devotion to you for your grace of being the One who never lets up, through Christ my Lord.  Amen.

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