I want to share something I shared with our Session this month. It seems, and I am as guilty as the next, that it is so easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the things we want. Equally easy is the idea of landing on the things we don’t like.
Today’s devotional passage is 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians is believed to be one of the earliest writings – he is dealing with new converts. He is writing about what is lacking in their faith. These first century new Christians are being persecuted but they have also stopped working for the Kingdom. Paul is encouraging them to stay the course and keep their eyes on the one who is faithful to you and to “Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
It is easy to want…it is also easy to talk about what we don’t like. It is understandable to have wants and desires – I want a cure for Lupus…I want the Cubs to win the World Series. But…how often do we give thanks for how God is at work in and among us? When was the last time you stopped to really see what God may be hard at work doing and to give thanks?
Can we hear the message Paul had for the Thessalonians and us today...”Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this…The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.”