by Beverly Barnett

Sunday, August 25

The Comfort of His Coming

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in theclouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words,” 1 Thessalonians 4:17, 18.

Anyone of the devil’s fiery arrows of doubt, discouragement or defeat can hit us right in the heart on any given day and throw us off track. They can come from the least expected person or place. As a result, dissuasion is soon to follow, but lift your head my fellow-believers we are not defeated—there is a better day coming!

When Paul wrote this letter to the church at Thessalonica they were discouraged, they were under persecution. But despite this persecution, they had a strong testimony and had grown spiritually. However, the sin going on around them, and the daily persecution was beginning to take its toll on some of the weaker believers. They needed reminding of a better day coming.

For this reason, Paul sought to comfort and motivate them with the truth of the Lord’s sure return. This same truth should motivate and comfort us.

In the meantime, while waiting for the Lord’s return, we need to be busy. The Lord’s work is not over when we become believers, it just begins. We are saved to serve, to tell, to go, to send and to be busy. We are not to hide, to sit or to be despondent while we wait on the Lord’s return.

The Lord’s imminent return should excite, motivate, and comfort us. Especially, as we see the day approaching!

REFLECTION: I am listening for the trumpet, how about you?

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