2 Thessalonians 1:2–3
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,
As Paul watched those he had invested in grow in their faith, he rejoiced greatly. They had come to know the grace and peace of God in Christ and grew exceedingly in their faith. When it comes right down to it, every pastor longs for those he cares for to grow exceedingly in their faith. Infant faith is wonderful but mature adult faith is where we can live and do and see God do great things. So much of counseling is encouraging people to grow in their faith helping them to believe that God is in control and that He is trustworthy. So much of preaching and teaching is explaining more about God so that our faith in Him matures and deepens.
We often look to Job in times of trouble, but let’s look at Job before his troubles. He was a man who worshipped God and lived his life trusting God for all things. The troubles that came revealed who he was. So it is in each of our lives. When trouble comes the depth of our faith is revealed. Oh that we grow exceedingly in our faith in the good days so that like a prepared soldier, when the battle comes, we are prepared to stand in faith.
What is growth in faith? Faith in God is a settled confidence that He is God and that as God He loves us, His created ones and that He, as God, is in full control of our lives. God has a plan for our eternal salvation as well as a plan for our temporal lives. God is preparing us throughout our lives for His purposes, which are for His glory. God then wants us to trust Him and His unique, well-devised plans for our lives. But what if those plans include sickness or pain, or misery, or loss, or separation? Trust God; keep your faith in Him. I pray that you will grow exceedingly in your faith.
The tension in America is high today. Allegations are swarming like bumble-bees and it is difficult to know what is politically motivated, what is guilt motivated, what is real and what is not. We need the wisdom of Solomon to be able to discern the right ones from the wrong ones and the righteous from the sinful. Whether you are at work or at school the political tension is intense. Pray for peace in the hearts of men and women who are so filled with anxiety. As a Christ-follower who enjoys His peace in my heart, I am grieved for the people so caught up with the anxiety of it all. Their very lives are in danger as well as their souls. Pray for the peace of Christ to be known in those so filled with sinful their anxiety.
Stef came home from school on Monday telling that everyone was grumpy. Her friends as well as other students were just negative all day. Pray for each of our teens who face this in their schools. They are surrounded by people in pain and are not always equipped to stand up in the joy of the Lord. Pray that they will know that equipping.
God gave strength on Sunday as I came not feeling well but brought the message on being justified to the glory of God alone. I do thank God for the strength He gave to do His work.
Rachel still has not had her baby. The labor comes and goes but this little girl is just not ready yet to face the world. Rachel appreciates all of our prayers and concerns.
Have a great day in the Lord,