Youâ€™ve probably participated in a discussion like this:
"Why donâ€™t you stop and ask for directions?"
"No, I think Iâ€™ll just turn right at the next corner."
"You said that the last time we turned right. Didnâ€™t you look at the map?"
"No, I couldnâ€™t get it unfolded."
"If you canâ€™t even unfold a map, how do you expect to find the highway?"
"Oh, you never trust my judgment. Iâ€™ll turn right, and weâ€™ll be okay. Youâ€™ll see."
(Three right turns later.) "Why donâ€™t you go to that gas station and ask for directions?"
We Christians face a similar dilemma. God tells us that weâ€™re strangers on earth, far from our home in heaven. As we travel through life, itâ€™s easy to get lost. Thatâ€™s why Paul left the Thessaloniansâ€”and usâ€”the words of blessing in todayâ€™s Bible passage.
How we need Godâ€™s direction in our lives! Only God creates faith that leads us to know Jesus as our Savior. Only Jesus paves the way to heaven through His death and resurrection. And only the Holy Spirit delivers directions clearly and accurately.
Certainly, we can read Godâ€™s Word by ourselves. But itâ€™s also good to hear it from others who have studied it and meditated upon it. They can tell us about landmarks that make unfamiliar surroundings more familiarâ€”things like the cross and the empty tomb. Things like the bread and fruit of the vine and the river of life. Things like forgiveness and living Godâ€™s way. All of these make our trip to heaven smoother and more enjoyable, though long nonetheless.
Donâ€™t you feel like reverting to your childhood and asking, "Are we there yet?"
Paul would turn to us and say, "Be patient. Weâ€™ll be home soon."