But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” (2 Timothy 1:12, ESV)

I love this verse. Paul is not ashamed of the gospel or of his imprisonment and suffering because of his proclamation of the gospel, not because of a stoic nature or because of incredible strength and courage, but because he knows in whom he believes.  He knows that God will not only sustain him in suffering, but that God will bring him safely home at the end of his days.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary points out: “He was trusting his own destiny to the same One who had entrusted him with the stewardship of the gospel.”

It was a trust which was well founded and well placed.