2 Thessalonians 3:13 “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”
If you follow Daily Manna, I first want to thank you for allowing God to use me to be an encouragment to you. But you also know, that I have been reading through the Bible chronologically this year. Today’s reading was both books of Thessalonians.
I must say that what I found reading and re-reading was so rich to my soul. I picked out some topics and referenced them here.
The perfection of the saints – 1 Thess 2:18-20
Uber-mentor 1 Thess 3:9-10
Secular Holiness 1 Thess 4:3-7
Rapture 1 Thess 4:16-18
Sanctification 1 Thess 5:16-24
Testimony of Adversity 2 Thess 1:6-12
The Beginning of the End 2 Thess 2
Shunning – In Love 2 Thess 3:14-15
Often, I must quiet the preacher in me for the material I read often becomes a sermon. But, in all honesty, I have to force myself to set all that aside to get what my Heavenly Father has prepared just for me. I often pray that He guide me so that pride doesn’t cause me to make this daily devotion the main thing.
The daily manna for Paul comes first – you get the overflow.
I wrote the title “Beyond Hope” today because I talk to so many brothers and sisters in Christ who are discouraged, dejected and depressed. Believe me, if you feast on the nightly news every day, your soul will be that and more!
The sense I received from reading these books in total, is that the apostle Paul was pouring himself into these people for them to be strong, focused and seeking God.
In the Perfecting of the Saints and Uber mentor (see above), he reveals an intense love for them to be wholly sanctified, single-minded and serving. The intercessory prayer he puts forth sets the bar high. We see his heart:
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.”
Do you have someone that you could present to God in whom you have invested your life? Our Heavenly Father’s hope for us is that we would be that for them.
We all will face adversity. Paul said:
1 Thessalonians 2:17-18 “But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”
Looking at this present world through our eyes, we can be easily discouraged from pressing on. The violence, murder, drug abuse, immorality, corruption and evil power advancing can put out our fire to want to continue. Our hope must be firmly rooted and our eyes set on Christ.
Just as Peter stepped out of the boat and did what no other human being has ever done – walk on water; we must keep our eyes fixed upon our Savior.
Reading these eight chapters today has so encouraged my heart!
Can I just encourage you today – If you feel that your spiritual tank has run down or is operating on fumes, take some time to begin reading to the point where God begins to speak to your heart again.
You may feel you have sinned and are beyond hope of salvaging. Understand this, if you are still breathing this side of Heaven, God has not finished working on you; in you and through you. You’ve not gone so far that He has to take you home nor have you finished the works He ordained for you to accomplish (Ephesians 2:10).
Pull over and find a quiet place where you can quiet yourself – you heart, your mind and your soul. Pull up you Bible app or pull out the Bible and ask God where to begin reading. You’ll be surprised that His Word is true – “If ye seek me, ye shall find me”.
Put your heart into it. Hope will rise where you thought none existed. God may send someone to walk with you along that journey. Make sure to thank Him for His care for you when He does.