Like I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians was written to the church of Thessalonica and was needed because some had misunderstood Paul’s teaching about the terrible events that will accompany the coming day of the Lord. Some thought that God’s judgement had already come, due to some false teachers. Many were confused about the timing of Christ’s return. In fact, some had stop working because of the confusion. So Paul responded quickly to the young church.
II Thessalonians 1 (Tue. 02.21.06)
Vs. 11, “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.” This first chapter is a great encouragement for the believer in these trying days. The world is going downhill and unfortunately towards the wrong direction. People do not want to hear the Word of God. Faithful Christians are suffering while godless unbelievers prosper. It seems as though God has forsaken His own. But we can rest, knowing that God is in control (vs. 7).
Regarding application…Growing Faith. Vs. 3, “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more…“ In times of trial…the essential thing we need is Faith. God will see us through in the storms of life…we just need to trust in him. Just like the apostles in the storm…Jesus will keep them safe, they need not worry. It’s remembering that no matter how crazy this world gets, no matter how much persecution, no matter how many personal problems, no matter how much pain comes our way…God is going to be there for us.
Though many of us would claim we have faith…it is only through trials that true faith is tested. To have faith in the good times is easy…to have faith when it’s not so good, that is what Paul is really talking about. It’s like a parent and a child. The parent asks the child if they have faith in them. Of course the child will say yes. Then the parent takes the child to their deck on the second floor. Let’s pretend this particular child is really scared of heights. The parent tells the child to stay on the deck. They go back down to the first floor and outside. The child notices the parent is now outside on the grass a floor down. The parent tells the child to climb up on the rail and jump. Obviously the child is terrified, but the parent tells their child that, “I will catch you!” The child’s fear is much like our fear (trials in life, fear of heights, fear of losing control, fear of being hurt…) But the parent reminds the child they would never let them fall to their death. They will catch their child. It is now that the child must exercise their faith and choose to believe their parent it telling them the truth.
Sometimes, God is going to ask us to “Jump” and make that leap of faith. It is these times that our faith is going to be tested. And God does indeed test our faith at times…think of Abraham, think of Job. Question: Do you have faith in God? If yes, will you jump?” Let’s trust in Him no matter how scary this life can be!