Are you having a difficult day? Maybe you’re struggling with sin in an area of your life over which you can’t seem to get control. If you and I are not careful, we can easily get discouraged about life. I want to live for God, but I sometimes find myself struggling with issues that seem to come between us. If you have also experienced this kind of struggle, maybe today’s passage is for you:
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. (2 Thess. 2:16-17)
Isn’t that a great passage? I wouldn’t want to have a Bible without it! Let’s listen to it again. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.” In this little benediction, placed near the end of his second letter to the congregation at Thessalonica, Paul encourages us with the reminder that God cares about us. He’s not some detached supernatural intelligence, operating the universe and looking for reasons to punish us when we do something wrong. He is our Father. He loves us. He gives us eternal comfort and hope by His grace. He wants to comfort our hearts when we are hurting, or stressed out, and He wants to strengthen us way down deep inside. God wants to enable you and me to be able to say and do those things which please Him. Today, even though you may be having trouble loving and serving God as wholeheartedly as you might like, it’s good to know that God isn’t having any trouble loving you wholeheartedly.
As you prepare to go out into your work and world, lift up your hands and your heart. Release your sorrows and then, release your praise and worship to God. Jesus loves you beyond all imagining…and that’s very Good News!