“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” 2 Thessalonians 3.3
What a powerful first phrase in this verse: “ … the Lord is faithful … ” Have you ever thought about that truth … really thought about it? Aren’t we glad that God’s faithfulness to us is not based on our faithfulness to Him?
What does it mean, “the Lord is faithful”? (1) He does not abandon us just because we turn away from Him. (2) His love for us is not based on our performance for Him but on His choice to love us. (3) As the verse above says, He “shall stablish you …” He wants far more for us that we can ever imagine. He wants us to be rooted and grounded in His Word. If we aren’t, it is our fault and not His. (4) He wants to “keep (us) from evil.” Sometimes we act like we don’t want to be kept from evil. But God’s purpose is to do that for us when we allow Him to do it.
Consider for just a brief moment the fact that God IS faithful to us, and that He wants to ESTABLISH us firmly in His truth, and that He wants to keep us from evil. Do we RECOGNIZE God’s faithfulness when we see it at work? Do we listen carefully when God wants to LEAD US in a path that will place our feet firmly on the solid ground of truth? When the Holy Spirit prompts us to turn away from evil, do we do so WILLINGLY or are we hesitant to obey the Spirit’s prompting.
Job 1.1 tells us this: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed (turned away from) evil.” The story that follows in the book of Job is heart breaking but Job still proclaimed, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him … ” (Job 13.15a) He knew God will still with Him and though he did not understand his circumstances, He knew God was faithful. May we come to understand that in a very personal way today. Just my thoughts …