For He who calls you is faithful

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 19:1-21:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28, Psalm 82:1-8, Proverbs 25:9-10

I am always inspired by Jeremiah’s warnings to the nation of Judah, but I don’t feel led to write about that today – maybe next year.

Today I want to focus on God’s faithfulness and our appropriate response to Him, as Paul describes it in I Thessalonians 5.

23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 24 God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.

The ultimate goal of our lives as Christians is to lead lives that are completely devoted to God (“holy in every way”), until the Lord returns for us. If we had to mount this challenge on our own, it would be too much for us. However, in verse 24, Paul provides a great promise of God’s faithfulness and provision. What is God’s will for us? According to Paul, it is the very thing that Paul prays to God for us in verse 23. Earlier in this same chapter, Paul refers to God’s plan for us.

For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.

The essence of that plan is for us to live with Him forever. All the rest of our lives – the things we wrestle with (relationships, jobs, governments, finances, property, location, etc.) are just part of the path to that ultimate destination.

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