Daily Devotionals

Greater Than Week 1 Wednesday

If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is. 2 Timothy 2:13

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, so I am an Atlanta Falcons fan by default. If you know anything about the Falcon’s record, you know that being a Falcons fan takes a special level of loyalty. Regardless of how the game ends and the team’s record at the end of the season, I am still loyal to the Falcons. You probably feel like that about your team, too. Whether you follow the Chiefs, the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons, or any other team, I am sure that you can probably relate. This is what it means when you are for someone. When you are for someone and rooting for them, you are loyal and with them through thick and thin, the good times and bad.

Paul talked about God’s faithfulness and loyalty in 2 Timothy 2. As he talked about these things, he wrote the words, “If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is” (verse 13). What Paul is affirming here is that God’s loyalty is unwavering. When we place our faith in Him, we can be assured that He will always remain loyal. In fact, even if we are unfaithful to Him, He will continue to be faithful to us. That is simply who He is. This does not give us permission to be unfaithful. It motivates us to continued faithfulness to God. Think about how a team’s supporters’ continual faithfulness when they lost the game encourages that team. Their support and faithfulness are not a call to continue to lose. Their loyalty is a call to continue working hard and doing good work, not out of obligation, but out of love for their supporters and the support they have shown. In the same way, God’s loyalty is a call for you and me to continue to live faithfully. It is a call to continue living in faithfulness to Him out of love and gratitude for His own loyalty to us.

God is fiercely loyal to you. He will never stop loving you. After all, God is faithful, and He cannot deny who He is. You can trust that He will be with you every day, walking with you every step of the way. You can count on His faithfulness and loyalty. Will you, too, live a life of loyalty to Him?


Think about your own life. How are you doing when it comes to your loyalty? If someone were to observe your day, where would they say your loyalty lies? How can you take a step to demonstrate your loyalty to God today? God has been fiercely loyal to us. Will we be loyal to Him in return?


Read 2 Timothy 2:1-14(NLT)

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

Here is a trustworthy saying:

If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

Dealing With False Teachers
Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.