1 Thessalonians 2:13 – For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
Paul is deeply thankful for the Thessalonians reception and acceptance of the message of truth. What a powerful example of his selflessness, because he was not concerned about what they thought about his abilities or teaching style. Most of us want others to believe what we say, simply because we say it. But man’s word can only form a shaky foundation for our faith. Only God can be fully trusted, and it is only when His word is trusted that results are produced in your heart and through your life. This is what happened to the Thessalonians, the word was working effectively in their lives. Because they accepted and trusted in God’s word, Paul was able to be thankful for their strong belief. Are you trusting in God’s word and not in the wisdom of man? God keeps His word and we would do well to understand what He says in the Bible.
There are two ways of dealing with the written word of God. First, there is the rejection of the word, the attitude of denial of its truth and effectiveness in your life. Second, there is the acceptance of the word, the attitude of submission to the truth and faith in its power over every situation in your life. Where do you find yourself between these two positions today, rebellious rejection or humble submission of His Word? The challenge for you this week is to exercise your faith with what you already know is true as written in the word of God. When you get tired, by faith believe you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. When you get scared, by faith believe that perfect love casts out all fear. When you feel frustrated, by faith believe that Jesus can calm all of your storms. Finally, when you feel held back, believe that God will send an angel to break your chains and set you free. Read His word and believe His word. Just like the Apostle Paul, I am thankful to God for you, because of your faith in God and trust in His Word. May God richly bless you this week.