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 the trapped miners would have lost hope. On October 13, 2010, a captivated audience around the world looked on as the miners were one by one lifted to the surface and reunited with their families.
The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica reminding them that a day is coming when the Lord Jesus Christ Himself will return from heaven to rescue both the living and the dead who have placed their hope and trust in Him. The question that begs to be asked then is, "What does this mean for 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 on it and so do we!
There is no place for discouragement or despair in the heart of a 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. Remember, we have not been appointed to wrath but to salvation. Though we may feel trapped or pressed down by the world around us, thats why the apostle Paul wrote to remind us that Jesus is coming again for us! We are going to be rescued, we are going to live, so hold on!
“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9–11
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