BY SARAH DIENER
Verse to Memorize: "But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." 2 Thessalonians 3:3
The second verse of this chapter of Thessalonians ends with "For not all have faith." The third verse then begins, "But the LORD is faithful." God is faithful when I am not. Though I am far too often unfaithful to Him- He Who created me, saved me, and has given me new life- He continues to be faithful to me, and I have done nothing to deserve it.
Because He is faithful, He will strengthen me, for I am not strong enough on my own. I am not strong enough to face temptation without giving in to sin. It is in my nature to sin, which flies in the face of God's perfect nature. But, because He is within me, I am able to glorify and serve Him with my life.
Because He is faithful, He will protect me from the evil one, for I need protection. The adversary is not weak. He is not to be forgotten or taken lightly, for he actively seeks to drag me from my Savior. He is cunning; he tries to lull each of us into complacency, into thinking our sins are "not that bad," or that they are "not really hurting anyone."
"It's just a little harmless flirting."
"It's just a white lie."
"It's just a little gossip."
The devil will try to make us comfortable with "small" sins, "harmless" sins; but all sin breeds death. All sin is an affront to God, and so all sin ought to be equally despicable to us. And these "small" sins, the ones that we think we are okay with, will often lead to sins that have much greater consequences. God, may we never think that our sin is acceptable.
Christ has freed us from sin, freed us from death. Why then would we run back to old shackles? No! Let me never return to my chains, never pick them up and place them about my wrists again. Instead, let me run to my Lord, for it is in Him that I find strength and protection. He is faithful to love me though I am unworthy; faithful to forgive me when I stumble yet again. He faithfully sought me when I was a stranger, because of His love for me.