Help Is On The Way

“and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”

1 Thessalonians 1:10 (NIV)


Everyone enjoys a story with a happy ending. You might remember back to August 5, 2010, when a mine collapsed in northern Chile. Far below the earths surface thirty-three miners were forced to spend the next several months trapped underground until rescuers could reach them. With each passing day the probability of being rescued diminished. If not for the voices of their rescuers, family and friends they would have lost hope. On October 13, 2010 a captivated audience looked on as the miners were one by one brought to the surface and reunited with their families.

The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica that a day is coming when the Lord Jesus Christ Himself would return from heaven and rescue both the living and the dead who have placed their hope and trust in Him. Talk about a happy ending! The question that begs to be asked then is, "What does this mean to us now?” The apostle Paul was writing to the church to encourage believers that no matter how dire the present conditions may appear, the best is yet to be! They had God’s word.

There is no place for discouragement or despair in the child of God. Don’t let the enemy of your soul distract you from the truth of God’s Word. He who called you is faithful. We have not been appointed to wrath but to salvation. Though we may feel trapped or pressed down by the world around us the apostle Paul writes to remind us Jesus is coming again for us! We are going to be rescued, we are going to live!

Lord, knowing your wrath is righteous, we praise you for your mercy and grace that is freely ours in Christ Jesus. Therefore, we rest and trust in the knowledge that you have appointed us not to your wrath but to salvation, amen!

I LOVE YOU!





Michael Osthimer

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