Remember What God Has Done - 2 Thessalonians 2:13
October 17, 2022, 10:07 AM

"But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”

I watched a flock of Canadian geese flying in their V pattern. I listened briefly as they went by honking in that pretty sight. Honking is an encouragement to the leader to keep going. I noticed from time to time the lead bird changes. I knew the secret of their long-distance endurance lies in their ability to fly in formation. Each bird rides the powerful updraft created by its predecessor, depending on another for protection from battering head winds. Flying solo is not God's plan for migrating geese.

The same is true for trying to go solo for the Christian. Rugged individualism is the American way, but not God's way. In the midst of hard times Paul is “honking” so to speak, to encourage the Thessalonians, but also reminding them to hang in together; they are not alone. Part of the larger body of Christ is interceding for them and praying for them. They are also receiving strength from one another and from the Lord.

Paul had shared with the Thessalonians the hope of the Second coming. He gave them warnings concerning the man of rebellion and apostasy that will be prevalent.

Paul was now writing to his little flock saved out of heathenism who are undergoing hard times. They needed to hear God is not only powerful and stern, but that He is gentle and tender. Paul wants to assure them of salvation and the plan that God has, but also the hope for those who follow Jesus Christ. He rejoices in the eternal purpose of God to save a people for His glory.

The reminder of God's work in the lives of believers produces thanksgiving and challenges to our Christian lives. Paul refers to the believers as brothers, recognizing the family relationship that is ours with fellow believers. We are grateful for the special relationship with other Christians.

is also worth thanksgiving to realize that not only do we have a family of faith, but know that we are loved by God. If you undergo testing or trials, do not confuse that with being forgotten by the Lord. Even in the midst of suffering, remember God loves you, and the last chapter of your life isn't written yet.

Application: Know that we are never left to fight and struggle and toil alone. He who gives us the task also gives us the strength through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within.

Prayer: Like Paul, let us pray that God would provide comfort, encouragement and strength during our hard times. When we feel like quitting, Lord You provide the strength. When we feel like giving up, You will give us what we need for endurance. It is for all this that we approach with thanksgiving and praise to You our Almighty Savior.