1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 – The Lord’s Return

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Jesus in the clouds

It’s going to happen; we just don’t know when. Jesus promised he would come back, and we know his word is true. Paul says, “For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”  Does that leave you a bit unsettled or oozing with peacefulness? I don’t think we’re supposed to be afraid, despite the thought of having a thief breaking in while I’m sleeping doesn’t sound all that pleasant.

Yet, the idea of Jesus returning to rescue our fallen world gives me hope. Yes! It most certainly gives me hope and with it some peace. It helps me get through some tough days knowing they don’t last forever. Jesus’ love for me lasts forever. I’ve even been known to say, “Okay, Jesus, you can come back any time now.”

I know I’m not alone in believing that this world is broken. We haven’t been very good stewards of the gift God gave to us. While we can’t control what other people do to destroy the planet or each other, we can control how we respond and behave. In recent days, we’ve read passages that encourage us to act in ways that please God. So long as we’re doing that, I feel good about how I’m behaving at least.

“For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.” Paul reminds his readers that they are now children of the light. That doesn’t mean we won’t be tempted and fall prey to distractions and be disillusioned. That’s probably why Paul’s words are comforting. As believers we do have protection and should do what we can to claim it, rely on it, and make sure others know the protection is available to them, too.

As Christ followers, we know that Jesus came in the first place because of how much God loves us, his children. Despite the abounding sinfulness in our world today, God loves us still. Even when we try our best to please God, we are still going to fall short. Thankfully, “God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.” We have Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only way to the Father.

When is the last time you shared about your faith and encouraged someone else who may not know Jesus like you do? Take some time to think through who you know in your circle of influence that needs to hear they are loved by a King who is coming again to rescue those whom he loves.

praying hands looking up

Let’s pray … Lord, I am humbled by what you have endured for me. I have no words to express my deep gratitude. You love me so much. Help me to wrap my mind around the vastness of your provision. I want to grow deeper in my faithfulness and devotion to you. Give me the boldness I need to share the promises of your love with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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