Thessalonians – Living Forward
We just completed a mission with a group of middle school students of sending a high altitude balloon into space For weeks we worked on the details, struggled and problem solved while learning many lessons about life leading up this event. We had to wait for the winds of March to settle so we could launch. Waiting to launch, cancelling four times because of high winds, was a lesson in itself! It finally happened yesterday.
God was with us. The pictures from the four cameras on board are phenomenal. All I can do is thank God. I thank God because of the relationships built with not only the students, but with the teachers who dedicated themselves to the project with open minds for learning new things, attempting something that’s never been done before this day at their school.
As I read Paul’s letter to his friends, believers in God’s church who are learning and transforming to be and to do all that God intended for them to be and do, I am reminded of life’s daily challenges that will ALWAYS include struggle, problems, along with solutions, greater outcomes, lesson learned and success! God has a way of balancing the scales in this life. We cannot do that like HE does.
Jesus promised LIFE and more LIFE, but He also said there would be struggles, trouble and despair along with this abundant LIFE. He also promised to be with us. God, Emmanuel, WITH us. Amazing, isn’t it? Knowing and living forward, assured that God is with us makes all the difference in our struggles and successes. How and why? He is making us fit for His forever Kingdom. “May your Kingdom come, Your will be done” is a new way of life. Yes!
This living forward fills our hearts with gratitude! Paul is filled with thanks TO God FOR others. This passage is full of passionate hope, encouragement for others believers striving to live forward, in spite of trouble, with reasons to praise God! I praise God for you who read this. Please read God’s Word and be blessed! And be encouraged to be encouragers today!
2 Thessolonians 1, The Message
1-2 I, Paul, together with Silas and Timothy, greet the church of the Thessalonian Christians in the name of God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be.
Justice Is on the Way
3-4 You need to know, friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it’s a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it’s only right that we give thanks. We’re so proud of you; you’re so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you. We tell everyone we meet in the churches all about you.
5-10 All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You’re suffering now, but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he’ll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time. His coming will be the break we’ve been waiting for. Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they’ve done. Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence. But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe—and all because you believed what we told you.
Dear Heavenly Father, Your being with us makes all the difference in this life. I just want to stop and thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Blessed be the Name of the Lord! Help us to be all You intended for us to be…today.
In Jesus Name, Amen