Daily Devotional: Day 68
“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” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, NKJV).
As you become aware of the extent of Jesus’ loves for you, your heart shall overflow with peace and joy. Life on earth isn’t perfect, and Jesus knows it. Just before he ascended to the Father, he assured us that he is with us even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). In today’s Bible text, Paul writes to encourage the Christians in Thessalonica, reminding them of Jesus’ love for them, and pronouncing a beautiful blessing on them. Note carefully Paul’s choice of words. He says that Jesus has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace. These are great blessings. Today, I want to remind you that as a Christian, these blessings are yours. Jesus has given them to you freely.
Consider the meaning of each blessing: you are loved; you have received everlasting consolation; and you have also received good hope. Your greatest source of joy is to know that Jesus loves you with perfect love. Jesus also knows that life in this world can be rough, so he has blessed you with everlasting comfort. The wording is important. The Bible doesn’t say temporary consolation; rather, it says, everlasting consolation. This means Jesus knows your pain, your tears and your struggles. Whether your problems go away or not, one thing is certain: Jesus’ consolation will keep you in peace and blissful assurance. Your hope, too, is not in vain. The Bible says that Jesus has given you good hope; this kind of hope rests on the solid ground of God’s unfailing promises. As you put your trust in Jesus’ unfailing love, may he comfort your heart and establish you in every good word and work.
Holy Father, you are the God of comfort. I’ll praise you all the days of my life, for your unfailing love. In you I have put my trust, and I shall not be confounded. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Psalm 23