Posted: Monday, October 23
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Verse of the day:
“But the word of God cannot be chained.” (2 Timothy 2:9b)
If you are a pessimist, you see the limitations before you see opportunity. You see what cannot be done, not what can or needs to be done. Some of us don’t see the glass as half full, we assume there is a hole somewhere and what little is there will all be drained out soon and we will be left high and dry. I am glad that Paul was not a pessimist.
I cannot imagine what being in prison must be like. Being in a place where all your freedom is forfeit and you have no control over your life has got to seem hopeless. Paul was not just imprisoned, he was chained. I am sure the weight of the chains added to the weight of his imprisonment. Yet, even though he knew why he was imprisoned, he had hope.
National leaders can make the decision to expel missionaries. Governments of men can declare that faith in Jesus is outlawed. Rules of men can make it illegal to convert to faith in God through Christ Jesus. Men can create all the chains that they want to try and stop the good news of the Gospel from going forward. However, how do you chain the wind? How can you control spirit?
Paul knew that the advancement of the good news of Jesus was happening, not through the power of man but, through the spirit of God. No one can dictate to a sovereign God where his word will be planted and where it will grow. Even though his movements were limited and he was weighed down with the weight of chains, Paul knew that the gospel could not be weighed down and that it would ride on the winds to go wherever the Spirit would carry it.
As you pray today, remember that there are places that seem like they are closed to the Gospel. Pray that God would turn his attention to those areas and begin to breath his breathe upon them so that they can come to the knowledge of who he is and they can know the truth of his saving power. Pray that his unchained mercy and grace would move into those regions so that all will be able to know the truth and then be set free.