“The whole world has gone crazy!” I’ve said it and I’ve heard it said. “We are living in the end times.” I’ve wondered it and I’ve heard others wonder it aloud as well. Well I don’t know if these are the end times. God’s word says that no one knows the hour or the day. (Matt. 24:36) But I do wonder if the whole world has gone crazy. Yet I think others have thought it before themselves.
I’ve been reading in 1 Thessalonians this week. Paul had sent Timothy to the church in Thessolonica because he had heard that the church was going through hardship and affliction. Paul was in Athens and was also going through hardship and affliction yet he was worried about his church, his flock that was back in Thessolonica. So he sent Timothy to check on them,
I didn’t find where it addressed what afflictions Paul nor the church were actually going through, but whatever it was apparently Paul was afraid that it would shake their faith. The things going on around us these days are the things that could shake our faith if we are not careful. There are things happening in the world as well as things happening in MY world that will either shake my faith or I can allow it as an opportunity to deepen my faith. The choice is up to me. Timothy returned to Paul with the word that the church was standing firm in their faith and Paul was overjoyed to hear it. This was what he wrote in a letter to the church after this word came to him. Let this be our prayer today. It is my prayer for you as well as my prayer for me.
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” I Thess 3:11-13
Lord we pray today that we will increase and abound in love for one another and for all even in the midst of hurt, pain, sorrow, grief and misunderstanding. We pray that you will establish our hearts blameless in holiness before You Father.
Pray this with me today! And please do not forget our healthcare workers!