2 Thessalonians 2 Tuesday
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Today’s verses (2 Thessalonians 2:5-6) start with a question. I love questions for many reasons, which is why I have been working on writing a book about questions for the past few years. The premise behind a question is that it assumes a past, embraces the present, and longs for a future. The rhetorical question and follow-up in verses 5 and 6 are no different. “Don’t you remember…” (vs. 5 NLT) assumes the past. Paul is reminding readers that he knew followers of Christ would be manipulated by false teaching and impatience. This reminder is both an attempt to confirm his connection and inspiration from the Holy Spirit and redirect the path of Christians who have deviated. These verses are very relevant to our lives because we all stray from the path at the first opportunity.
Our family dog growing up was a Terrier named Twister. Her name was given not because she was a terror but because of her speed. Inside the house, she was a great dog. She loved to play; she loved to cuddle; she loved being extremely friendly to people. However, there was always an influx of adventure evident within her 12-pound body. This sense of impatience resulted in her departure from our property any time she made her way out of the house off of the leash. Twister would run, ears back, eyes forward, chasing the call adventure had for her until she was too tired and came back to the house. In those moments, her attention was caught by the open road rather than the love and protection at home. In those 20-30 minutes, adventure trumped dedication. Our family’s love and forgiveness would always welcome her back, that is until she didn’t come back. One day, her pursuit of the unknown led her into the cage of two Huskies down the street.
This sad event is a reminder for all of us. How often does Christ look at us and say, “Don’t you remember…”? Maybe Christ does this though conviction. Maybe He does it through a friend. Maybe He does it through a pastor. Maybe He does it through a 10 year old story about a dog. Regardless, He does it. He does it because we do it. Our human sense of adventure has us chasing adventure rather than dedication. Our impatience leads us to the open road, away from the protection of our Creator. In those moments, our eternal safety hangs in the balance. One day, we may just accidentally wander too close to Huskies. At that point, we squander the love, protection, and fun that is awaiting us back in the Father’s house (John 14:1-4). As we fight a fierce competitor with no protector, that voice says, “Don’t you remember…”?
How as the adversary been tempting you away from your protector?
How have you increased his time (verse 6) by your actions?
*This blog follows a blog about running from mediocrity. These two posts may cause ambiguity, but I hope they do not. We must ask: what makes us run and what is it that we are running to. We must run from the Husky, to the protector and not the other way around.