Calling out your enemies (II Timothy 4, Ecclesiastes 8)

“Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm, the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.”  II Tim. 4:14

Have you ever just wanted to get even with someone who has wronged you?  I was shamefully reminded of the times when I not only wanted to get even, but I had worked it all out in my mind and was ready  to carry out what was in my mind.  But then the Lord, reminded me of how He intends for me to walk through difficult times.

Before us are the last words written by Paul before his death.  We know that Paul has strong words of challenge to Timothy, “Preach the Word.” We also know that Paul has sweet words of challenge to Timothy, “Fulfill your ministry.”  

Paul turns his attention to the last moments of his life.  He reminds Timothy and all his readers that he himself has fulfilled his ministry, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  

In this moment we see Paul focusing on the last mile of his journey.  He is very reflective in looking back over his ministry.  Presently he is alone with the Lord facing the trial that will end his life.  He begins to mention different people who have affected his ministry.

This morning, one man stands out for me.  His name is Alexander. Back in I Timothy 1:20 we read these words, “Among who I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blasphemed.”  

Here is a person who has shipwrecked their faith (1:19) and now they are surely facing the mistreatment of the enemy.  Question, “What were the details of all of this?”  Answer, “We do not know.”  Paul chose to leave it all up to the Lord’s discretion as to how to deal with this man.  So Paul simply calls out his enemy and leaves it in the Lord’s hands.

This was a great reminder for my life this morning.  There are far too many important things we should be giving ourselves to.  Getting even is a sinful trap that leads to broken fellowship with God and a black-eye for God in the eyes of the world.

Think it through:

Do you face any enemies today?  If so, do not go beyond calling them out.

Take away:

Allow God to be God in every circumstance of your life!!!

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