Scripture Reading: II Thessalonians 3:1-5

“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” (II Thessalonians 3:3)

This verse is straight forward and clear — “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” Yes, the Lord is faithful — “Faithful is He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass” (I Thessalonians 5:24). God does what he promises. He is faithful and will accomplish all that He promises to do. “The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22,23).

The Lord is faithful to establish us as His people. He keeps us grounded in His love and He strengthens us — “The Lord will give strength unto His people” (Psalm 29:6). He establishes us in His sanctifying work — “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). He establishes us and keeps us. He will not let us fall away.

The Lord is faithful to guard us against the evil one. Satan attacks and tempts us. He wants to bring us down and to cause us to doubt the faithfulness of God. But remember — “the Lord is my strength and my shield” (Psalm 28:7). He will guard us and protect us from the schemes of the evil one.

We know that God is able to establish and to guard us — “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (II Timothy 1:12). The Lord is faithful. We can always count on Him to establish us and to guard us.

Lord, You are faithful. I know that You will always do what You promise. I know that You will establish me and guard me against the evil one. You are faithful even when I am not faithful to You. Great is Your faithfulness!


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