Thankful – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-16

“But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through his gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ…Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13-16

God is drawing me this morning back to thankfulness. I was praying on it before opening my Bible, asking for reminders of all that He has given me, everything for which I have to be thankful. Then I turned to this passage and was gently reminded of where my thanks should be focused.

Jesus has come to save us. Fully deserving of condemnation, wrath, and eternal death, we instead are given hope in the Son of God who gave His life for us. If we decide to follow Christ, we have this foundational truth—our souls have been rescued from death and awakened into abundant life. Whatever else may change, that never will. “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7-8). Our Lord keeps us. He will never let us go. May this be the foundation of our thanks and praise.

We were chosen by God to be saved. We are being sanctified (perfected, made holy) by the Spirit of God Himself—the Spirit that never gives up on us and never believes us too far gone to be worth the trouble. Our eyes have been opened to truth and we have been led to the cross of Christ, choosing to trust in Him. God has called our hearts to Him, and we will obtain the glory of Christ. Think about that for a moment. Sinners, once living hopelessly in rebelliousness and evil darkness, with righteousness as filthy rags, now brought near to the throne of God Almighty, clothed in the righteousness of the Son, covered and cleansed by the blood of His sacrifice, will one day obtain the glory of Christ. We are heirs with Him. Jesus, our hope of glory.

That is truth that we will never lose. So much about life is uncertain. But our God is steadfast. His comfort, His hope is eternal, because His grace will never run out. He is able to establish our hearts in every good work and word, no matter what our lives look like, because His joy, peace, and glorious hope shine in our souls. Let us rejoice today in the salvation of our God. Salvation offered to us and to all.

God, may we feel the weight of this. May our hearts realize the joy in knowing You. And may we always rejoice in Your salvation of others. Because when someone comes to know You, they find the treasure and the hope of their souls that will never fail them. They find the God who is for them, the living God who will be with them every moment forever. Lord, don’t let this become commonplace. Overwhelm our hearts with the reality of Your grace and the wonder of who You are, so that our lives exemplify thanks and praise to You in everything we do.

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