Better Than All Cookery-Goodness

May the Lord direct your hearts 

into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thess. 3:5

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thess. 2:16-17

May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16

Heavenly Father, meditating on these passages is like savoring the finest culinary delights from the greatest chefs in the history of cookery-goodness. They are filled with peace-igniting joy and hope.

The GPS of the gospel will always direct our hearts into more of your love, and the assurance of “Christ’s perseverance” (2 Thess. 3:5). We are grateful for the always-more-ness of your love, Father. Your grace, not our grit, has secured heaven for us, and us for heaven.

In fact, nothing we can do on this January Monday will increase or diminish your love for us. This doesn’t mean you are indifferent, Father. Rather, it means we are already fully and eternally accepted in Jesus. This frees us to live authentic, vulnerable, freedom-kissed lives. We don’t have to pretend, pose, or posture. Jesus is our righteousness, and Christlikeness is our destiny.

Father, thank you for never being shocked or embarrassed by our fears, weaknesses, and struggles. Thank you for staying committed to finish your work in our lives. As you have promised, so we will trust you for “peace at all times and in every situation” (2 Thess. 3:16). Guard our hearts with your Spirit, balance our stumbles with your hand, and calm our storms with your presence.

May your mercy, comfort, and encouragement run like a stream of kindness through us to others. Grant us words of hope for friends in various stages of weariness, stress, and struggle. So very Amen we pray, in the ever-kind, ever-powerful name of Jesus.