2Thessalonian 2:16-17 ¶ Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
We must never forget our obligation as stewards of all we are and all we have been given – whatever positive outcome I may experience in my spiritual or mortal life comes from God through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Our confidence is based upon the fact that He first loved us – we did not choose to be loved or merit any right to be loved – Christ willingly went to the cross to reveal His love to all creation. Our humble faith in His act of love provides our consolation and hope. Often we do not ‘feel’ consoled or hopeful, but that does not change the efficacy or validity of the grace and mercy we have been given – Biblically the heart is the place all sense of right and wrong originate (character). Our freedom to choose must be grounded in God’s truth to determine what is best. This world, Satan and our flesh will challenge everything we believe to be true – truth committed as absolute cannot be disturbed by circumstances – there must be truth in our lives that is not subject to changing conditions or circumstances. Truth may begin in our heads – it is through unquestioning devotion that we move it to our heart. We must willingly give ourselves to the truth found in God’s Word – our Lord’s comfort will come as He reminds us of the things we have applied and know to be true. As our heart grows in the comfort of hope our work and word will be pleasing to our God.
Read through the Bible in one year – May 30/ John 11:30-57; 2 Chron. 10-12