Constant Attitude of Watching and Waiting

As explained in 1 Thessalonians 5, Christ’s return will come at a time when the world may not expect because of not being alert to spiritual things. The world may be unprepared and the Lord’s return will be like a thief in the night (v. 2).

Those of the Light will be alert, self-controlled, and prepared; putting on faith and love as a breastplate (v. 8). No one knows when the “Day of the Lord” will be so we should live in a constant attitude of watching and waiting.

While watching and waiting, Paul gave the following specific directions to how we should live in the meantime:

  • Encourage one another and building each other up
  • Live in peace with each other
  • Help the weak
  • Be patient with everyone
  • Always strive to do what is good for each other
  • Rejoice always
  • Pray continually
  • Give thanks in all circumstances
  • Hold on to what is good
  • Reject every kind of evil
  • Work at keeping your whole spirit, soul, and body virtuous
  • Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.

Lord, this day with You, help us to follow the instructions in this passage; always being alert, self-controlled, and prepared. We pray continually as we strive to have faith, hope, and love; doing what is good in Your eyes and encourage one another to do the same. Amen.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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