In this series of E-Med(itations), we are looking at the apostle Paul’s two letters to the Thessalonians, two letters to Timothy, one letter to Titus, and finally, his fascinating letter of appeal to Philemon. All these recipients (except Philemon) begin with the letter “T” and are grouped together in the Bible. Philemon is usually considered one of Paul’s prison epistles, but it is grouped in the Bible with the other letters to individuals, so we include it in this collection for the present series of E-Meds.
The topics of these letters vary greatly. The letters to the Thessalonian believers exhibit a depth of theology, especially concerning end-times prophecies, that is profound considering the recipients were fairly young in the faith. The letters to Timothy and Titus are heavy with instructions to his two proteges who acted sometimes as travel companions, emissaries, and delegates. Clearly he intended them to carry on as he instructed Timothy:
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Tim. 2:2)
A few notes are in order:
1. The reader will notice that in this devotional exposition series we capitalize pronouns and other direct references to Deity, being consistent with the pattern of the NASB, which is the version used. However, it should be noted that the original Greek in which the New Testament was written does not make this distinction.
2. Why just five days per week? Our experience is that for most people, routines of life revolve around a five-day work week, so it is often easier to schedule devotional readings in that framework. This, of course, leaves the weekends free for alternate readings—which provides variety. We might suggest on the weekends, the reader read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Psalms each day. In this way, in one year the entire book of Proverbs will be read three times, and the book of Psalms twice—with a few days to spare!
3. We suggest taking 15 minutes each workday morning: one minute to pray, asking the Lord to open your mind and heart to His voice; ten minutes for reading and musing on the meditation; and four minutes for prayer based on devotional for the day. The more specific you can be in your prayer, the better. Remember, the Lord wants to hear from you. Feel free, of course, keep a log of your prayer concerns so that you can be consistent.
I pray the Lord will use these brief daily meditations to encourage you in your walk with Him.
NOTE: To begin this series, click here. After reading each E-Med, click on the link to the next one found at the end of the current reading.