II Thessalonians 1
Key Verse: Verse 7 – “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,"
Key Words: And to you who are troubled rest with us
Our key verse reminds me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I remember hearing Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, relate about his first wife’s death. He, with his children, had been to the funeral service, and as he was driving home, Dr. Barnhouse said that he was trying to think of some words of comfort that he could give them. Just then a huge moving van passed them. As it passed, the shadow of the truck swept over the car, and as the truck pulled out in front of them, an inspiration came to Dr. Barnhouse. He said, “Children, would you rather be run over by a truck, or by its shadow?” The children said, “Well, course Dad, we’d much rather be run over by the shadow! That can’t hurt us at all.” Dr. Barnhouse said, “Did you know that two thousand years ago the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus in order that only its shadow might run over us?”
Yes, we do experience troubles in life, but can you imagine how difficult these troubles would be to endure if we didn’t have the Holy Spirit to comfort us and the love of Christ to give us rest from our troubles?
What to do:
✞ Rest in the Lord, and remember whatever troubles you are going through, these, too, shall pass.
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