Prayer for the day
Almighty God, my heavenly Father: I have sinned against you, through my own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, in what I have done and what I have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me all my offences; and grant that I may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen
Scripture for the day
It’s an interesting study. Follow the thread of idolatry and worship through the First Testament. In the beginning, the children of Israel believed that God was a great God, but the great God among many. As we move forward in history, God reveals more and more of himself until the children of Israel begin to understand that God is not merely one god among many, but THE God, and that there was no other. This God was and is the only God. All others are mere imitations, idols, things made by human hands and invented by human (or wicked supernatural) minds.
The Israelites have moved then from a henotheistic faith (one god among many), to a monotheistic faith (only One God). And this one God is choosing careful words to teach them about this God. This God is more powerful than they’ve ever imagined.
Paul knows a thing or two about this one God and about this one God’s power. He speaks of God as the one who has given the Christians of Thessalonica to him, and him to them. He speaks of God as the one who gives faith, who gives love, who gives strength, courage, and who gives holiness. This God Paul serves is not just powerful; this God is all-powerful, and uses His power for the betterment of His creation.
What a glorious and incredible God we have the privilege of serving together.