Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
There is so much truth, understanding, and heart-sharing within the Epistles of Thessalonians that it is difficult in a daily Bible byte to look at them all in detail. However, we do pray that Thessalonians may touch your heart and guide you deeper into the abundance of God’s healing Word.
II Thessalonians 3:1-3:
-1: FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
-2: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
-3: But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
Finally – in closing II Thessalonians, Paul requests prayer for those who speak and make known the Word, that the Word of the Lord may have a free course, and that others may glorify the Word as we are glorifying it in our hearts.
Paul desired the believers’ prayer for deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men, men whose purpose was to hinder the Word of the Lord. There are people out there who seem to have no reason for living other than to hassle the believer and hinder the free movement of God’s living Word. However, and thankfully, we can be delivered because “the Lord is faithful” and He will establish and strengthen us and keep (preserving) us from evil. In the phrase “for all men have not faith,” is a twofold meaning:
First, is the faith of Jesus Christ, which is only available to believers (see: Galatians 3:22-26).
Secondly, the word faith represents being or having faithfulness to God’s Word and obviously not all people are, but we become ever more faithful to His Word as our confidence and trust continues to grow in the loving heart of God’s Word.
II Thessalonians 3:4 – And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
Here is an interesting concept: Paul and his company of believers had great confidence that the Lord literally touched the believers in Thessalonica, their lives had been blessed by God, and they were experiencing genuine confidence in having access to the Word of life!
The word “command” is not the word in the Greek Text for commandments, but rather it means to announce something wonderful, and that something wonderful is the Word of God that is activated proportionally to our belief of it, because the Word will do and accomplish ALL that the Word of God promises it will do.
II Thessalonians 3:5 – And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Our own hearts can become directed, not pushed, and not shoved or controlled but directed by inspiration into living in the dynamics of having the love of God in our hearts to inspire us to love one another. With the love of God, we can patiently anticipate the coming of our Lord who is our eternal Savior, and when he returns we shall stand at his side on the right hand of God in their glory.
May God continue blessing your hearts into the loving heart of God’s Word with the true spiritual abundance of blessings that God continues pouring into your life.