August 7, 2012
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 7 AUGUST 2012
Life challenges do not produce model behavior, nor do trials make us what we are; rather, they demonstrate who we are. Consequently, the prayer in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 is for believers to be counted worthy to endure life challenges for Christ! Those who are worthy of the calling of Christ will persevere for His glory, and their faith is revealed as committed and mature when difficulties arise.
To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power (2 Thess 1:11).
How do you respond in the trials of life? Is your faith worthy to endure hardships for Christ? Do you see trials as opportunities to demonstrate your calling in your moral and spiritual life, and that God would empower you in this important function? Trials and temptations are certain to come if we belong to God, but believers should meet those challenges and manifest God’s effective calling.
The prayer in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 is also for believers to fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power. The prayer is that the church would be fruitful during trials. Often when troubles arise, we retreat from service to the Lord, and pray the difficulties disappear. The trials and temptations of life may tempt us to retreat from service to the Lord, but then where would be the evidence of the work of faith with power? The second aspect of the prayer is that the church would be fruitful in the midst of troubles.
Lastly, we notice prayer that the church would be faithful, that is, that the grace of God would cause their lives to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. God has designed a plan whereby He uses limited and weak earthen vessels to accomplish His work. Even in the most difficult situation that you can imagine, God is working to bring glory to His name through the faithfulness we demonstrate as His people.
REMINDER: Bible Study next Tuesday (14 August) at noon in 123 CAP
Praying for You,