Prayer: O God, guide my life through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Jesus will win
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy…
Today’s text reminds us that there is evil in this world. (As if current events don’t?) Our devotion writer says it can be dangerous, though, to condemn people or situations. “When labeling something or someone as evil, we tend to point fingers away from ourselves and not at ourselves.”
There is evil in this world…violence, hatred and death. These things are against God’s intentions for us and for all of His creation. But it will not always be this way. Our devotion writer declares; “Jesus will destroy evil. Jesus will banish death, fear, pain, and disease. The victory has already been won, accomplished on that first Easter morning. We now await the fulfillment of the victory, the final vanquishing of the enemy.”
When? We don’t know and it is not for us to know. We can, however, live with confidence that Jesus has won and we journey through our lives on earth knowing that we have life eternal.
Prayer: “Eternal God, bring your victory in and through us, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, 10 and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, 12 so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.