Paul is writing again to Timothy, but now from prison. He is suffering hardship for the gospel, and many of the people he had been reaching have turned away from him. But even so, he is able to stand firm in his calling and declare the gospel, with an eternal perspective that goes beyond present troubles and banks on Him whom he has believed in. Because of who he has placed his faith in, he declares that he is unashamed of his message, and encourages Timothy to persevere in being likewise.
Being ashamed comes too naturally at times.. and this verse reminds me that boldness in my faith is much less about summoning some inner strength and swallowing fear, and more about “knowing who I have believed in”. When I have been walking in daily relationship with Him, the revelation is vibrant that He truly is able to keep me close. In which case, “I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Lord, there are many times that I have not felt bold; when the fear of man has overwhelmed my desire to proclaim your name. Thank you Lord that you are so faithful, that you always lead me back to the main thing: relationship with you. When I need it Father, remind me of the Who of my faith and just how able He is. Amen.