6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to turn on the news and hear of governments that rise and fall because of corruption scandals. Dishonesty, deceit, selfish gain– areas that those who are in power are tempted with.
Thankfully, in today’s passage Paul reminds us that our trust is not in human hands, but it is in a God who is just. The Thessalonian church was suffering persecution, but knowing that a day would come where God’s justice would prevail helped them (and us!) to remain faithful.
Is anyone causing you trouble? Are you suffering persecution for your faith? “He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you”
Are you troubled? Are you suffering and weary? “and (He will) give relief to you who are troubled”
The Second Coming of Jesus will bring an end to the suffering of those who know Him and obey His Word. As surely as the sun rises every day, with the same surety the Lord will return again from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. May you take comfort in knowing the battle is already won.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).