Daily Devotional – Tuesday May 16 2006
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Paul must have enjoyed writing to the faithful Thessalonians. Here again he recognizes them for their knowledge of the Lord and compliments them for their faith. His message to them is also to us today. Don’t become complacent in your faith. Don’t take anything for granted. “---The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night”. One must always be ready. I read this as; my judgment day is really today. I will not have the opportunity to prepare for it. I therefore must be prepared to be judged every minute of every day.
The image of light/darkness and day/night adds meaning. We all know that in the light of day we can see something coming and we can prepare to protect ourselves. But of course at night in the dark we cannot see what is coming and therefore cannot prepare. Since the day of The Lord will come without warning it is like being always in the dark. But as Christians we know this is not the case. We are Children of The Day and of The Light. Jesus has saved our souls and guaranteed us salvation through his sacrifice. We therefore need not worry about protecting ourselves and it doesn’t matter whether we see our judgment coming. There is no need for anxiety or worry.
I am still a closet worrier. My own insecurities cause me to constantly be on guard against the unknown. Fear of the unknown creates anxiety and stress. This is the most common ailment of our modern world. It creates high blood pressure and many other medical problems because the body is working overtime to protect itself from itself.
Jesus is the cure. Jesus “…died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him”. Relax and be happy. All is well. But, be ready.
John Dickie, May 16, 2006