Paul writes to Timothy, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). The word perilous in the Greek (Strong’s 5467) means: harsh, savage, difficult, dangerous, painful, fierce, grievous, hard to deal with. The word describes a society that is barren of virtue, but abounding with vices. Does that, by any means, sound like the times we are living in?
In this particular epistle I believe Paul was, not only interested in Timothy coming to him, but that Timothy would be faithful in presenting the Gospel, both to believers and non-believers, in the times which were increasing in evil. Paul, afraid his death might happen before he got to see Timothy again, wanted to make sure Timothy would carry on where he left off especially in the face of perilous times that would surely be taking place.
Paul’s letter to Timothy is pertinent to us today. Especially, due to the fact that our society is definitely barren of virtue and full of vices. The news reports bear that out, saying nothing about the trash seen in movies and TV shows anymore.
So, what can we do? For me it means separating myself from the things of this world (Romans 12:1-2). It means spending more in prayer and the Word. It means spending quality time worshipping with other believers on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Bible study and other activities in which Christians are involved. The devil doesn’t like that and will try to pull us away from Christ, but Jesus will not let us down. Praise His wonderful Name!