Why We Need to Battle the Storms of Life
2 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 2 (NKJV) Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
The word “shaken” in Greek is sä-lyü’-ō at it implies being tossed about, as from the winds of a great storm. The word really implies being unhinged in mind or terrified. It is easy to allow fear and anxiety to overwhelm us when we look around us and see so many blows against all that we believe is holy and good. These gusts of cultural assault come from all directions and, like a storm tossed sea, it can appear overwhelming, even terrifying.
But Paul wants us NOT to allow these things to “unhinge” our confidence in God. Many followers of Jesus fret and cry out “what is happening to our world? What are we to do?” But we are to consciously keep ourselves from being filled with fear or anxiety, even in the face of stormy seas, because we have been warned that these times would come. And also, with this warning, we’ve been given the promise that God is in control. God holds the unveiling of the end of things in His hand and He holds our eternal destinies. There is nothing to fear, for even if we face physical loss in this life it is nothing in comparison to the rich, eternal reward promised to all those who follow Him. So, let’s remember the last 2 verses of this chapter in 2 Thessalonians, and continue standing firm for our king in these final and crooked generations: “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish your in every good word and work.”