God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation
through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thess. 5:9-11 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, this pandemic has underscored there are many things over which we have little, if any, control. But this passage of Scripture assures us of several joy-fueling, encouragement-enlarging realities.
Because of Jesus’ finished work, our future contains 100% glad welcome and the fullness of your delight. We’ll enjoy unfiltered intimacy with you, and perfect relationships with one another. Nothing is going to be merely “okay.” Everything will be awesome, right, and beautiful—beyond our wildest dreams, imagination, longings.
Because of such a trustworthy hope, free us to live as genuine encouragers, “builder-uppers,” and hope-dispensers today (and every day). Thank you for the privilege of bearing each another’s burdens and offering the gift of a listening heart. During this stressful time, may we extend your kindness and speak words of life to one another.
Father, whether we die before Jesus returns, or live to see that blessed Day, we are your beloved children right now—called, loved, and kept. We’re not defined by circumstance or happenstance, but by your Fatherly providence. Nothing can separate us from your love, deplete your mercies, or exhaust your grace.
Thank you that the darkest clouds often bring the most refreshing rains, and that boasting in our weakness is still the best way to taste the sweetness of the Gospel. Indeed, Father, fill us with this good news and living hope, that we may love and live to your glory. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.