2 Timothy 2:13 - Unending Faithfulness!

2 Timothy 2:13 (NLT) If we are unfaithful, 
he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he 


   My first of many sightings of storks took 
place in Segovia, Spain. While others gawked at 
the Roman aqueduct, I gawked at a muster of 
white storks (with black wings and red bills and 
legs) tending their hatchlings in huge nests on 
the tops of towers and tiled roofs. Four nests 
on one tower alone, and as many loving couples 
with young. I longed for binoculars. 
   Storks are reputed to be monogamous (for 
a season). Mating pairs return to these high 
nests year after year, adding to them until they 
weigh over a thousand pounds. How would you like 
that nest on your roof? 
   Storks have a varied diet of frogs, fish, 
insects, earthworms, and small birds and mammals. 
They are listed among the "unclean" birds in 
Scripture, probably because "small birds and mammals" 
would include disease-carrying rats and mice. 
Wouldn't it be nice to have a personal rodent 
exterminator keeping watch from your roof? If storks 
lived in California, I'd want to mount a metal 
platform above the roof and put up a sign: Stork 
Building Site. 
   Not vastly intelligent, they are still 
wiser than most of us. The Lord spoke of the stork 
through the prophet Jeremiah: "Even the stork that 
flies across the sky knows the time of her 
migration, as do the turtledove, the swallow, and the 
crane. They all return at the proper time each 
year. But not my people! They do not know the 
Lord's laws" (Jeremiah 8:7). 
   Animals instinctively know what they were 
created to do, often following patterns of life and 
migration that go back scores of generations. Yet we 
humans continually forget that we are created for 
God's glory. He made us to have a relationship 
with Him, yet we turn away from Him again and 
again. But just as He was faithful to the 
Israelites, loving them and calling them His people even 
after they turned to idols, He is faithful to us. 
As 2 Timothy tells us, God "cannot deny who he 
is" - the faithful One. He will not go against 
His nature. Sometimes He shows His love through 
discipline to help us see clearly the desperate 
situation we're in, but He always calls us back. 
   When we repent and live in His will, we 
become what God created us to be. Like the storks, 
we'll be fulfilling our created purpose. 
   "God is faithful even when his children 
are not." 
   Heavenly Father, You are the faithful 
One. You keep on loving us even when we turn away 
from You over and over. It would be easy for You 
to walk away or even start over with a whole 
new creation, but Your love is steadfast. I'm so 
grateful that I can count on You, no matter what. 
Please help me to respond with faithfulness too. I 
don't want to waste my life; I want to live with 
the right purpose in mind so that I can be the 
person You created me to be. [Earth Psalms by 
Francine Rivers] 


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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 
Gibbs FGGibbs@abible.com