The preacher rejoiced because those new converts had received the Word of God, as so much more than the word of men, but as truth.
“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe”. (1 Thess 2:13)
Do we welcome it as the very Word of The Most High God?
Do we? Do we, really?
Or do we think it negotiable?
Do we pick and choose?
If we truly believe the Bible to be from the One True God, who created the universe, breathed life into our lungs, is completely powerful, and all good…would we not hang on His EVERY word and do all we can to do as He says?
Perhaps we all need to pause, and ask ourselves some questions this Monday morning—
Have we come to think it’s just too hard, and we have to do it all, as worldly teachers with worldly words of men keep telling us “you are enough” when the truth is apart from Him we can do nothing?! (John 15:5)
Do you follow your heart, which is deceitful above all things (Jer 17:9); or do you,
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.(Prov 3:5-6)?
Are you wise in your own eyes or do you fear the Lord and turn away from evil (Prov 3:7)?
Do you turn away from evil as God defines it in His Word…or do you rely on this world and the ever-changing culture, and willy-nilly “words of men” to define it?
There is a way that seems right, feels right, and is celebrated as right by men, but in the end it leads to death. (Prov 14:12)
In this world, where so many words come at us every, single, day, it’s easy to get off track.
And, any of us are capable of getting off track. (I know I am)
But, as that preacher, who rejoiced over that young church, will tell us later in this letter-let’s test EVERYTHING.
Let’s hold on to the good. Let’s abstain from every form of evil as God defined it in the Bible. It’s there, that the God of peace will sanctify us and keep us blameless for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ! (1 Thess 5:21)
Oh friend, what a Day! What a certain, wonderful, and perhaps, soon, Day that will be!
May the God of truth find us faithful to His words over the empty words of men.
And may we recognize the sweet peace that comes as we follow Jesus one day at a time, all the way Home.
May that be our prayer as we begin this new day of this new week!
What a wonderful day to follow the Lord, and even if you’ve blown it every day before now… because His Word tells us, HIS LOVE never ceases and HIS MERCIES are new every morning! (Lam 3:22-23)