2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
One day in Iraq, a Chaplain, brand new to the Army, an evangelical full of the Holy Spirit’s fire, showed up in our area of operations. He was assigned to an infantry battalion. I introduced myself to him and being in the middle of our second deployment in the Triangle of Death, attempted to impart some wisdom. He looked at me and said, “I’m going to pray a hedge of protection around my boys. That way nothing bad will happen to them,” to which I responded, looking him in the eye, “You better pray hard, because bad things are about to happen.”
Three days later, his unit lost four soldiers to a roadside bomb. That was only the beginning of a year in hell.
We live between the “already and the not yet”; we live in the meantime, which can be a “mean time.” In the midst of it all, through faith by grace, we cling to and are people of promise. God, the faithful one, uses the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and the Risen Christ to protect us with the promise and hope that the grave cannot hold him, that God has the last word, and it is a word of life.
Prayer: Lord of life, sustained through faith by grace, clinging to the Promise, we can survive any “what” because you are the “why.” Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Glenn Palmer,
Active Duty US Army Chaplain.