"And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (2 Timothy 4:18, KJV).
Do you and I have that same kind of confidence in God?
Note that the apostle Paul did not mention the word death here, for earlier verses in this chapter reveal that he expected to die - and he was ready. But he was assured that God would keep Paul from apostasy, and from displaying an improper spirit at the time of his death.
In the same way, we can ask the Lord today, in faith believing, for that inner peace we need to face up to all that He allows to happen in our lives. His perfect peace is sufficient for every testing and trial and trouble and temptation.
By keeping us from every evil work, He likewise enables us to reach His heavenly kingdom.
An appropriate time for praise to God is when a person knows he is about to be brought to heaven, and Paul introduces such a doxology here: "to whom be glory for ever and ever."
The truth is clear: we are protected on every side, and even at death we can sing the doxology, for we are about to meet the altogether lovely One in His heavenly home. To remain in constant fellowship with our heavenly Father will maintain a spirit of joy, love and peace in our lives that nothing can shake.
Today's Action Point
Like the apostle Paul, I will confidently expect God to protect me from every evil work and enable me to live the supernatural life for His glory.