“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.”
2 Thessalonians 1:7
The news today can at times be very troubling. Not only is there much insanity in the world, but sanity is becoming rare. This thought can be quite disconcerting. A great preacher once said, “There are three categories of people in the world today: those who are afraid, those who don’t know enough to be afraid, and those who know their Bible.” Once Christians are able to recognize this, the goal and aim should be to “know their Bible.” Christians are not to be discouraged or troubled in this world. God’s Word gives us much encouragement. Paul wrote words of encouragement to the church at Thessalonica when they were suffering actual tribulations. “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:7). What a comforting thought! Paul encouraged them to live worthy, commending them for their “patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure” (see 2 Thessalonians 1:4). Regardless of what happens, Christians are to rest with assurance in Jesus. He will deal with those who have rejected Him. This is a reminder that a Christian’s hope is not to be in this world. “1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4). Christians are to rest in the comfort that because we are “risen with Christ”, when He “shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Then Jesus will come again to fix this broken mess of a world that we live in today.
In the meantime, the world seems to become darker and darker every day.
See that in the Old Testament, they wrote that one day Jesus would return (and that was written before He came the first time!). The description was as a “Sun of righteousness” as in a sunrise of a dawning new day. “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” (Malachi 4:2). Have you ever heard that it is always darkest right before the sun rises? It will be the darkest time ever in history in the time before Jesus’ second coming. My greatest assurance is that I will escape the darkest days of history that appear to be coming very soon. This assurance only comes because I, personally, have trusted in Christ and have given my life to Him. I understand from reading God’s Word that He will gather His Believers unto Himself before that great and terrible time. Paul wrote about this time. A rumor had spread that Jesus had already returned, and Paul wanted them to understand it had not happened – yet. “1. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2). Paul understood that the day of Christ was still “at hand.” That was to let them know that it had not happened yet, but to be watching for it will happen. Just as the sun comes up on time (one cannot cause it to come earlier or cause it to wait until later), Jesus will return at His appointed time. However, Christians are looking forward to the day when we will be taken out of this world to be with Him.
Read the words to a song written by Jim Hill in 1955:
“What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see
And I look upon His face
The one who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be.
There’ll be no sorrows there
No more burdens to bear
No more sickness and no more pain
No more parting over there
But forever I will be
With the One who died for me
What a day, glorious day that will be.”
In the meantime, I need to turn off the discouraging news and dig into my Bible. It is in God’s Word that I can be comforted and encouraged.
Jesus told John of the things that would be in the end (as recorded in the book of Revelation). Read some of the final words recorded: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
Jesus said He would “come quickly.” My prayer is, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
Are you one saved by His grace, striving to be encouraged and comforted by knowing God’s Word?