Toothpaste or Rat Poison?

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : 2 Timothy 2:14-19

Korean is a very difficult language to learn. When I was in language school, I decided to walk down to the village drug store to buy some toothpaste and practice my Korean. On the way I practiced saying “I’d like some ch’ee-yak.” But when I told the clerk what I wanted, it sounded to him like “jwee-yak.” So instead of toothpaste I got a bottle of rat poison!

Likewise we can sometimes be mistaken about spiritual things. Many inadequate, misleading or downright false teaching of Bible truths are circulated. To protect ourselves from these false ideas, we need daily personal Bible study. We need to attend Sunday school and Bible study groups. Let’s take to heart Paul’s advice to young Timothy: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” If we do this we will be prepared to understand God’s Word, to defend it and share it clearly.


Thank you, Lord, for your Word. Give us a desire to study it diligently. Help us learn how to apply it to everyday issues of our lives. Amen.