Prayer for the day
Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me . . . Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful.
Scripture for the day
Why do we do what we do? Is there always good rationale for the actions that we take, or do we sometimes simply act without any regard or thought for consequences or reasoning? It seems to often be the case that our motivation for action is divided. We do some things out of fear, some out of loyalty, misplaced or otherwise. We do some things out of a desire to please, some out of a desire to harm.
The Apostle Paul, in seeking the best for the Thessalonian Christians, desired that the things they did be the things prompted by the life of faith. He prayed that the actions they would take would be motivated solely by the faith they had in the God to whom they had dedicated themselves. These actions, because they are motivated by faith in a God who does not disappoint, would be actions approved by this God. They would be actions that this God desired, so long as the Christians remained loyal and true to the God they were serving.
The prophet Isaiah called the people of Israel to a similar life. He would speak the words of God to them, confident that if they lived out those words in trust, that God would bless them and care for them, and that their actions would be pleasing to God.
In desiring to live the life of faith, the Thessalonians, the Israelites, and we, the people of God today, seek the same thing: to live a life that is worthy of the God we follow. We pray that the lives we live will be acceptable because our trust and faith is in the one who does not fail.
May our faith be true and our hopes realized.