Read II Thessalonians 2:16 to 3:5
I read last Sunday's excerpt of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, I imagined a man
writing a letter to a good friend who was going through a rough time. The two
men share the Christian faith, and it is in that context that the first writes
the following words to the second.
dear friend, I’m so sorry to hear about your problems. I’d give an arm and a
leg to be with you, to help and support you. But you know that, even if I can’t
be there, the Lord is with you, at your side. Remember, He’s never let you down through any hard times in the past. On the
contrary, the Lord has always been a source of hope and comfort for you. I know
that, once again, He will give you the courage you need and the wisdom to choose
the right words to say, the correct actions to take.
know, I’m finding life rather difficult myself, these days. It seems that a lot
of obstacles have arisen in my path. I’d love to be able to share with everyone
the love and joy God has put in my heart, but not everyone is open to that, as
you well know…
"Yet, I have hope. Sometimes, I stop and
think of Jesus and how he endured all the trials of life, even the trial of
rejection and torture and death on the cross. He never gave up. He endured to
the end. Believe me, my friend, he will help us do the same!
know what a good heart you have. I know all your strengths and your abilities.
I believe in you. Even more, I believe in the Spirit of Jesus abiding in you.
My prayer is that the Lord will lead you closer to him through this time of
trial. The Lord can use even obstacles and failures to
help us grow in love.
know that, in his resurrection, Jesus destroyed the power of death. You know
that his victory over evil is complete, even if it doesn’t seem so right now. One day, we will see his glory. Knowing
that already gives us patience, courage and strength to endure.
my man, don’t let go! I’ll be with you in my prayer. The Lord will be with you
in his love!"
think that is what Paul was trying to tell the Thessalonians two thousand years
ago. And that’s what I want to tell you today, you who know trials and
tribulations. Have faith, for God is faithful. The Lord will lead you to life