This little book of II Thessalonians is quite an insightful one. The three chapters have, in my words, a two focused message: keep your eyes open to the fact Christ is returning knowing what to look for; secondly, be diligent in doing what God is nudging you to do during this time, while being PATIENT.
I have never, until this morning, looked at patience from a spiritual lens. Patience has always seemed to be an emotion which keeps other emotions in check. Things like anger, impulsivity, talking too much, etc., are all kept in bounds when patience is practiced. I’ve always looked at this from my own emotional makeup. I can appear to be patient while inside I’m about to explode.
This morning as I read the 3rd chapter of Thessalonians, I find in verse 5 this message: “May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return.” Joyce Meyer writes in response to this verse: “…I have learned that patience is not my ability to wait; it is how I act while I am waiting. I need to learn to wait with a good attitude.” My emotions will not lead me to steadfastness and patience as verse 5 says. My spiritual growth is what will do this. Keeping my eyes on God and staying obedient to Him is what will keep me steadfast and patient.
Jesus is an amazing example for living like each and every day. He had learned to stay steadfast with His eyes being focused on His Father’s plan for Him. The chaos of the world in which He lived was not where He looked for leadership in His life. We can all learn a great deal from this as we keep our eyes focused on God’s leading.