Daily Devotion on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Devotion Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

He is coming back, soon!

We know how true these words are. Jesus is coming back! We don’t know when it will be, but he has given us signs–wars, rumors of wars, earthly disasters, evil will increase! He is coming soon!

Yet, how soon is soon?

Put yourself in the shoes of the first Christians. Jesus is coming soon! There were plenty of wars, rumors, disasters and evil acts in AD 50 as there is today, and Jesus said he will return soon! Then, a loved one passes away and another and another–fellow believers who had faith in Jesus’ returning were dying before they saw it come to fruition. How soon Lord? Come now!

Paul calms their fears in his letter to the Thessalonians. Just as those who live to the last day will be taken to heaven, so too will those who die before the last judgement arrives.

The exact timing of “soon” is known by God alone and although we wait for the day in eager expectation, we can’t assume God’s timing will align with our own. So, with those earliest Christian, we know that our fellow Saints will be right alongside us with the rest of God’s lambs on the last day.

What great comfort! What great joy! Nothing, even death, can separate us from the love and the promises of God! To him be praise forever and ever.

Prayer: Lord, protect your saints. Give us strength to endure this sinful world until you take us to be with you, whether that be through our death or on the last day. Keep us ever mindful that you are coming soon, even if that is not on our time. Help us to use the time we have left in this world to bring more saints into your kingdom. Amen.


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 10, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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