2 Thessalonians 3

The letters to Thessalonians are almost completed, despite having taken me months to complete them (a global pandemic got in the way). I’ve had to read back on what I’ve read in the letters to refresh my memory. It’s been somewhat sobering as I realise I have been doing exactly what James 1: 22-25 warns against doing: hearing and forgetting. The letters had lots of advice ready for me to use in this time of COVID-19 and yet I followed none of it. So, perhaps they weren’t lessons learnt after-all. ()r this was the lesson – who knows?)

Yesterday, I had a zoom prayer session and was blessed by friends on the other side of the world gathering to pray for me. My final prayer echoed the words of verse one: “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you.” I prayed that the message of the gospel may be heard whatever my situation and that Christ be glorified. Verses 2-4 are very encouraging as well. Verse 5 is an especially beautiful prayer.

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Can I get an amen? I certainly need my heart directed into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. It’s been running a on empty recently and my perseverance has been shaky at best. (Nonexistent at worst and probably at its most honest, too.)

Verses 6 to 15 is a rebuke against idleness. I manage to give an illusion of industry, but I’m probably pretty idle. I like a good nap and I sometimes (daily) put off things I should. I’d like to be a pathetic millennial and say adulting is hard but it’s not, especially in my situation. So, I probably should get a grip a bit more. It also might help me in making some rather large decisions about next steps, when I’m looking to make life easier but probably can’t.

Another consequence of COVID-19 is there is plenty of stress and uncertainty happening. So, again, the Bible is timely and relevant. God is good.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Yes, Lord, be with me and give me peace at all times and in every way. Amen.