1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
5 Brothers and sisters, we don’t have to write to you about times and dates. 2 You know very well how the day of the Lord will come. It will come like a thief in the night. 3 People will be saying that everything is peaceful and safe. Then suddenly they will be destroyed. It will happen like birth pains coming on a pregnant woman. None of the people will escape. 4 Brothers and sisters, you are not in darkness. So that day should not surprise you as a thief would. 5 All of you are children of the light. You are children of the day. We don’t belong to the night. We don’t belong to the darkness. 6 So let us not be like the others. They are asleep. Instead, let us be wide awake and in full control of ourselves. 7 Those who sleep, sleep at night. Those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But we belong to the day. So let us control ourselves. Let us put on our chest the armor of faith and love. Let us put on the hope of salvation like a helmet. 9 God didn’t choose us to receive his anger. He chose us to receive salvation because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. 10 Jesus died for us. Some will be alive when he comes. Others will be dead. Either way, we will live together with him. 11 So encourage one another with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that’s what you are doing.
In the passage yesterday, we were reminded to encourage each other with the good news that the Lord will return and that we will be with Him forever. Today we learn that while we can’t predict/plan for when that will happen, we can walk each day now in the light that Jesus brings into our lives. We can be prepared no matter when Jesus comes back because He helps us. He gives us faith and love and salvation now and every day. He chose to save us. He chose not to get angry at us.
These verses encourage us to speak to one another, to remind each other that God doesn’t want to leave anyone behind, that we can get His help each and every day and that He wants us to walk with faith, love and hope throughout every event in our lives. He wants us to look after each other and keep each other alert.
Lord, help each of us be alert to Your leading today. Help each of us to be encouragers, people who reach out to those around to remind them of who God is and what His purpose is for us each day. Thank You that Jesus will return and that You have made a way for each of us to be in Your family.
Written by Therese Manning