The Day of The Lord
Today’s Bible Reading:
Grab your paper bible or another device and read this chapter, then keep it open and come back here to walk through this devotion.
We are currently in a time when evil is still being restrained. There will be a time of great rebellion followed by the return of Christ when Jesus will ultimately defeat all evil with his breath. All who have trusted Christ can be sure that when all evil is ultimately punished, they will be standing with Christ as his redeemed people.
Restraint (now), rebellion (where we are headed), retribution (Christ’s judgement on those who reject him), and restoration (for those whom Christ has saved), this is the future of our world.
The one who Paul calls “the lawless one” is the same as the person we know as “the antichrist.” 1 John 2:18 says, “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come.” John seems to be saying that while there is an ultimate evil one to come, there are still evil ones who are already at work.
Questions from the Bible Reading:
If Jesus is going to take out the ultimate evil one (the antichrist, lawless one, etc.) with “the breath of his mouth” (vs 8) then what does that say about his power over any other force of evil? Is there any bad thing that can or will happen that is to much for Jesus?
Knowing that there is still evil in the world, and that there is more evil to come, what truths does Paul remind the Thessalonians of in verses 13-17? Are those things true about you in Christ?
Adoration: Worship Jesus as the one who will destroy even the most powerful forces of darkness with his breath. Love and thank him that he chose us as his people and called out of darkness all who believe on Christ.
Confession: Confess to God any ways that you aren’t trusting him to judge the world with righteousness and power. Are there people you are trying to get even with? Are there bad things in the world you feel can’t be overcome? Trust those to our King,
Thanksgiving: Thank God that we chosen, beloved, saved, called, etc in Christ. Thank him that he is allowing us to be glorified with Christ because of the gospel instead of condemned with the antichrist because of our sin.
Supplication: Ask God to help you keep you trust his sovereign hand. Ask him to give you joy, steadfastness, and a rich desire for him as you consider his coming kingdom.
Grace & Peace.