God is just!

Scripture reading for September 21st:  2nd Thessalonians 1

Sometime after Paul had written his first letter to the church he had founded, reports came of confusion among members of the church concerning the coming of Jesus Christ.

“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.  Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.  All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God for which you are suffering.”  (2nd Thessalonians 1:3-5)    Paul spoke encouragingly to his brothers about their faith and love in the midst of trial.  He reminded them that their perseverance in the trials was a sign of God’s favor upon them.

“God is just:  He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 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.  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”  (2nd Thessalonians 1:6-8)  God is just!  God knows how to pay back those who do evil and reward the righteous.  Jesus would return from heaven and right the injustice and they would receive their reward, if they continued to persevere!

“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count  you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”  (2nd Thessalonians 1:11) Paul prayed for fulfillment of God’s will, not deliverance from trials!

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