2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
Tonight I was blessed to have my first preaching appointment, having announced my calling last week to my home church. I’m still in awe that God would see fit to use me for such a position. And I’m humbly grateful that He finds me useful for anything to further His Kingdom.
My text was mostly the third chapter of 2 Thessalonians. The above referenced verse brought a thought to mind, one I don’t think I had earlier. I remember once hearing a fellow say to an older gentleman “I don’t believe there really is a devil”. The older man replied “Try resisting him a while, then tell me you don’t believe he’s real”.
There’s no doubt that Satan is real. There’s also no doubt that he’s looking to trip each one of us up every chance, in divers ways, that he can. But, praise God, our Lord is faithful and all powerful. We may still have many battles to fight but Jesus has already secured the victory! Just hold fast to Him; He will never fail you.
I read the following quote the other day by an unknown author-
“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace and your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of it.”
That got me to thinking about how faithful our God really is. No matter where we are, physically or spiritually or mentally, He is always with us. I believe that He not only knows our joys and sorrows, our pains and victories, but He feels them with us.
There’s a song that the group the McKameys sing that reminds us that the God of the mountain is also the God of the valley; the God of the good times is also the God of the bad ones. We will do well to remember this truth. And we will do even better to give Him glory and praise in all things and situations, for He is worthy of all, always.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.