” He [will] come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed. To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will give thanks to you, O , among the peoples;
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
” Psalm 108:1-4
Time away from the norm— as a dear friend said, ‘a change of pace, place, and face’— is always good for the soul. And God’s word is alive wherever we are, never-changing but always speaking and altering us afresh. This morning, ready to move on to our final and 18th ‘residence’ over the last month (with the 19th being an airplane), 2 Thessalonians inspires me with new resolve. (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
Like our Savior, Paul was constantly on the road, about his Master’s business. He was driven by motivation and calling far higher than we humans usually consider. His chief goal and highest delight was to see God “marveled at,” known and made known by others. He was compelled to spend his life for Christ, to bring the power of the gospel to God’s people, to love increasingly, to be a conduit for God’s glory. What lofty aims! What fuel for living! Joy abounded in this one sold out to His Savior, as it always does when we are in the flow of God’s good and redemptive purposes. (John 4:34; 17:4)
My resolve? Marvel at my great Savior. Rejoice and be thankful in all things. Love and laugh more, listen better, let go of small things, look up. Less of me, more of Christ.
Father, each day may my food be to do Your will, for the glory of Your beautiful name.