1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
In 1988 Bobby McFerrin wrote the song “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” Paul is telling us the same thing in the passage from 1 Thessalonians 5, regarding Christ’s return to earth. In verses 1-2 we read: “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
Since we do not know when Jesus will return, we do not need to worry about it. Paul reminds us it will catch unbelievers by surprise—not us. Baptized in Christ Jesus, we who believe in him are confirmed children of the light. Therefore, Paul tells us we have no need to worry; we are ready whenever Jesus comes.
We can be happy that we are set free to go about the business of Christ’s Kingdom. Instead of worrying about “when,” we need to worry about “who.” Who are those children of darkness who need to be brought into the light? We need to soberly be working to tell those in the dark about Jesus so they will be in the light when he returns.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as children of the light, help us to reach out to those in the dark about Jesus and bring them into his marvelous light; in his name we pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.