1 Thessalonians 5
Such providential timing for this passage! But the fact is fear can cause us to be overly concerned about the timing of the Day of the Lord. However, Paul says they already know what they need to know.
The fact is, that day will be a surprise to those not waiting for it. But that’s not so of believers. Though we do not know what day the Lord will come, faith anticipates and longs for it and therefore need not know when because we are patiently waiting for it everyday.
How do we wait patiently for it? How do we remain alert and sober minded in uncertain days? Sober ness has to do with a clear mind. How do you guard your mind? You put on the helmet of hope…in other words you think on the promises of God.
How you think, guards your heart (breastplate) by faith and love. Think on this: 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
But we sometimes struggle to keep our mind set on Christ…especially when we are alone. Therefore, believers need to be together to be encouraged. Though many churches are pausing services, we must be eager to return.
But how can we be together to encourage until things return to normal…and we must do something. Write a letter. Call. Send a text. Set up a Skype or Zoom meeting (we really do not have any excuse with the technology we have).
No…it’s not the same. It’s not what we want. But we need encouragement to be light amid the darkness. The world will look for answers and we have the answer-the good news not the daily news. If you are discouraged you might not be ready to live as people that have hope.
My prayer for you is this: 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24