Anticipating trouble

As I was driving on the expressway early the other morning I saw a snow plow truck sitting on the shoulder of an on-ramp, lights flashing, and engine running. The forecast was calling for snow, up to 3 inches where we were. The highway department had thus dispatched it’s fleet of trucks in anticipation of the forecasted trouble, I mean snow.
They wanted to be prepared. Even if the snow missed us it would be better to pay the drivers to sit and do nothing instead of the snow hitting and now a state if emergency had been created because the trucks weren’t in place.
Paul tells each of us to anticipate trouble and thus to be ready for it. 1 Timothy 4:2,3 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”
This not only applies to preachers to be ready to stand behind the pulpit, but to everyone to be able to tell someone about Christ, tell someone how to get right with Christ due to their sin, but also to know false doctrine when confronted by it and how to stand against it. Also those who are seeking false teachers goes on the levels of individuals and whole groups. People don’t like to hear the truth as much as they say, and even less when it comes to sin. Paul says to anticipate the trouble and be ready for it.


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