Daily Devotion on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Devotion Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The end is near!

Our devotion text for today is a popular section of Scripture. A Google search for “1 Thessalonians 5” returned over five and a half million results–a million more than any other chapter of the epistle. The phrase “judgement day” returns 12 million results. “The end is near” is found over a billion times.

People want to know when the end of the world is going to be and they want to know what is going to happen to them when it does.

For us, our Lord has a message of comfort. “God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Still, our human weakness cries out, “but when Lord?” Our natural reaction is a desire to prepare. We have so much to get done, to cross off of our bucket lists, to experience! If we only knew when the end of the world would be, we could invest more wisely and get the most out of this world!

And for that very reason, Paul begins our text with, “About times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

God wants us to be prepared for the end, truly prepared, in faith.

It is a special blessing of the Lord that he does not reveal when the end will be. For, if we were able to put off our spiritual preparedness, we would likely arrive at the gates of heaven unprepared and be turned away. Our sinful nature would constantly whisper, “Not yet, you can have a little more fun first,” and we would be doomed.

Be alert and self-controlled. Encourage one another as the final day approaches.

Do not worry about when the last day will be and do not worry what will happen when it does. By faith, you know that whenever this world ends you will be gathered to your Savior’s side for all eternity.

Prayer: Lord, extinguish every sinful doubt within me. Too often I get caught up in the worries and cares of this world. Keep watch over me as I prepare for your coming. Grant me an extra measure of faith and self-control that I may be found ready and waiting as you take me into your kingdom. Amen

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on November 1, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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