2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,14-17
To turn, brothers, to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we shall all be gathered round him: please do not get excited too soon or alarmed by any prediction or rumour or any letter claiming to come from us, implying that the Day of the Lord has already arrived. Never let anyone deceive you in this way.
It cannot happen until the Great Revolt has taken place and the Rebel, the Lost One, has appeared. Through the Good News that we brought he called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything good that you do or say.
Scripture: The words that spoke to me today are
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything good that you do or say.
Observation: The comfort of Jesus himself
With all the noise, distractions, commentary, opinions and expectations that float around it is so easy to overlook that it is Jesus himself that offers us comfort. In all that we do say and experience he is inexhaustible in his strength and desire to be there with us. An unlimited resource, never ending fount of love and strength that is at our fingertips on offer to be used in absolutely everything that we do and say. I think that the question for me this morning is where do is seek comfort other than in the presence of Jesus and through recognizing the grace of God? There is a frustration in me for not being able to connect with Jesus and my continuing efforts to try and do things through my own will.
There is a feeling that I experience daily, it is one of emptiness, it is an uneasy feeling that I try to fill with just about everything but Jesus. I know this feeling well but why do I continue to turn to others things, experiences and distractions rather than to turn to Jesus? I know that when I do turn to Jesus there is comfort and the feeling changes, it is so overdue to change my response and I have to do it now! The challenge is on, to stop the habit of distraction and seek the comfort of Jesus himself. I will start with one thing rather than trying to change everything at the same time, I know that always ends badly for me. I have to substitute the presence of Jesus for the comfort of food and I start today with a determined mindfulness.
What every I turn to instead of turning to you may it come to my awareness.
Take away all the distractions and replace it with a desire for you.
There is no substitute for you that will ever satisfy me.
I thank you father for the grace of desire, determination and courage to face my fears and obstacles.
May you continue to comfort me in all that I do