The Good News and The Bad News – 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

GoodNews_BadNews“This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels, taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don’t know God and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction from the Lord’s presence and from His glorious strength in that day when He comes to be glorified by His saints and to be admired by all those who have believed, because our testimony among you was believed” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, HCSB).

Today I have some good news and some bad news to tell you.

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Don’t Give Up the Fight, Find Delight – Psalm 28

In Psalm 28, the psalmist, referring to wicked people, lamented: “They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made.” (vs. 28:3)

To the psalmist, the “wicked” were people who did not acknowledge God or obey His law. They did not discriminate between the sacred and the common, and therefore, had no respect for God’s authority, creation, law, or salvation.

The primary characteristic of the wicked was faithlessness–they had no belief or faith in God.

Sometimes God’s people can grow complacent in their faith and develop an attitude where they care little or nothing for what God has done or is doing.

Such ambivalence occurs when you let the circumstances of life cause you to lose focus on God and give up on the struggle to remain faithful.

But, if your faith grows cold, then you should ask God to restore joy and satisfaction in living for Him as the psalmist did: “The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple”(Psalm 27:4, NLT).

When you don’t care, don’t give up the fight…that’s when it’s time to find delight in God!

The psalmist encourages you, then, to wait on the Lord for restoration: “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14, NLT).

When Jesus is the focus of your life and His Spirit is the guiding force of your life, then you will again find excitement and fulfillment in accomplishing His will and you will beseech God: “Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path” (Psalm 27:11, NLT).