“Nevertheless”

April 13, 2016

ABR Banquet 4/12/16

Voddie Baucham with Tho Ncube
(L to R) Voddie serves at a Theological School in Zambia. Thobekile is our neighbor who is from Zimbabwe. (The man who appears to be photobombing is my long-time friend, Mark!)
“Nevertheless”

Message Summary: “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm.” It always has, always will and does so today.

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“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm” (2 Timothy 2:19).

Associates for Biblical Research logo Last night I went with a group of friends to the Associates For Biblical Research Banquet held at the Shady Maple Buffet & Restaurant. The Associates For Biblical Research (ABR) is an organization firmly committed to the absolute truthfulness of the Bible. Their main focus is archeology but in a more generalized way they assert the Bible is reliable as an historical document from the account of Creation, the great Flood and other Biblical teachings that are being mockingly rejected by many in modern times.

The main speaker was Voddie Baucham (photo above). He grew up in south central Los Angeles, raised by a single mother who was a Buddhist. He never heard the Gospel till he was in college. He now has a ministry “Equipping Believers to ‘Walk in Truth'”

Gary Byers (ABR)When I attend a meeting like this I often take notes regarding those things I hear that may prompt me with ideas regarding a message theme. Last night at least three Daily Encouragement messages began to form in my mind as I heard various speakers. My first prompt came from a brief teaching before our meal by archeologist Gary Byers.

He spoke about the vital importance of affirming the historical reliability of the Bible. Essentially he asserted if the Bible can’t be trusted in regard to the past, what confidence can we have regarding the future (prophecy) or assurance regarding our present?

However the Bible can be trusted fully regarding the past (history). Archeology has done so much to confirm this. This provides confidence regarding its reliability concerning the future, especially the overarching theme that God triumphs. “And He shall reign for ever and ever!”

But where we may struggle is trust in our present day. We wonder what the events of life may mean as we look at the world conditions and the state of our own country and the world as a whole. What does the immediate future hold?

Having confidence in the historical reliability of Scripture leads to a confidence in the future reliability of its pronouncements, Gary pointed out to the people. This in turn can fill our hearts with peace and assurance regarding God’s control right now.

Today let us consider the foundation that the people of faith have in God. Our daily Scripture portion calls it a “solid foundation”. This foundation stands firm and always will.

The prophet Isaiah twice used the image of a foundation to illustrate the great stability we have in God. He wrote, “He will be the sure foundation for your times” (Isaiah 33:6) and our Lord is “a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed” (Isaiah 28:16).

2 Timothy 2:19Get a good grip on today’s Scripture portion. “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm.” The word, “nevertheless” is significant. Paul had written concerning those who had wandered from the truth and destroyed the faith of some (v.18). This is still happening today of course and destroyers of the faith abound. One commentator writes, “The conjunction ‘nevertheless’ is one which expresses strong contrast. Thus the dismal scenery of man’s perversion (2 Timothy 2:16-18) is now set in contrast with the majestic reality of God’s protection and preservation.”

But “God’s solid foundation stands firm.” This foundation remains firm and ever will. Great classic hymns express this truth such as “How Firm a Foundation”, “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation” and “The Church’s One Foundation”, all filled with rich doctrinal teaching. These hymns have brought comfort and assurance to believers for generations. Much of the doctrine we learn directly from reading the Bible is often written on the tablets of our hearts indirectly from memorizing hymns and worship songs that teach in a pleasurable, melodic format.

All of us need to hide this Scriptural assurance deep within our hearts. Hide it deep so that you are not easily swayed when the assailing trials besiege you, when billboards or the public square declares God to be a fairy tale, when your own family turns against you shaking the very foundation of your faith. There will always be skeptics who attempt to confuse you or belittle your stand for Christ. We just don’t know when other foundations in life will crumble, such as our health, marital bonds, a seemingly secure job position, the loss of a loved one, a troubled relationship, etc.

Read the daily verse slowly several times and accept its truth deep within your spirit: “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm.” It always has, always will and does so today.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we thank You for the hope we have which is an anchor for our soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. We’d like the world to believe in and comply with the teachings of Scripture so that our sojourn here is smooth with others affirming our decision to walk in Your ways, but Scripture tells us otherwise. If we are to share in Your glory we will also share in Your sufferings. But it’s not in vain, for in our suffering perseverance is developed, character is built and unending hope will anchor our faith. Our foundation is unshakeable as we anchor it in Your remarkable provision for our sins forgiven, abundant life provided right here on earth, and future eternal bliss in heaven. We are a blessed people, so much so, that words fail to express our gratitude! Amen.


Today’s Scripture portion in several other versions:

“Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands” (NASV)
“But God’s firm foundation stands” (ESV)
“But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken” (Amplified)
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure” (KJV)

Brooksyne’s Note: Today’s message is so very important for every believer, especially those young in the faith.  I remember speaking with a young man who is a newer believer in the Lord. He was raised in a Christian home with godly parents, but chose to walk in rebellion and got caught up in drugs and all the devastation that goes with it.  I asked him how his Christian walk was going. He grimaced somewhat and then very honestly shared, “Pretty good until something happens.” His girlfriend recently broke up with him which tempted him to go back to the old vices and destructive attitudes. I reminded him, “If it isn’t your girl there will always be something else.”  He smiled and said, “That’s just what my mom said.”

And it’s true….that’s why the firm foundation of God’s Word must be the anchor for our soul; not our spouse, our job, our title or our family name. I concluded my conversation with the young man by asking what he does when he’s tempted to go back to his old ways. Thankfully, he has a couple of solid believing friends he met as he was recovering from his sinful lifestyle and he calls on them. I also reminded him of how blessed he was to have a praying mom.

Whatever you need to do, believing friend, to keep standing on the foundation of God’s Word make sure you do it.  As the hymn writer wrote, “His hope, His covenant, His blood support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.” Read the Word, sing the Scripture, pray and be accountable to a godly brother or sister in the Lord. Never, ever give up!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”  Video  George Younce, Larry Ford and the Homecoming Singers

“How Firm A Foundation”  Video  Sovereign Grace Music

Associates For Biblical Reseach

Voddie Baucham

Exposition notes on the daily text See here for an online commentary.

Ray Pritchard has an interesting comment on “nevertheless” writing that…even in days of moral decline, the Lord says to us, “Nevertheless.”

Do false teachers seem to abound?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Are perilous times upon us?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Do we fear for the future?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Are we worried for our children’s safety?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Do we wonder how the church will survive?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Do we see some falling away from the faith?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Are we tempted to despair?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Could persecution come to us?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”

Do evildoers rise to power?
The Lord says, “Nevertheless.”


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