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Finding Comfort

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

             If you watch the news, you will see that this world in which we live is pretty sick. Often, I think that it can’t get any worse, but then something else bad happens and it is even more unsettling. It is in these moments that I find comfort in the words of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 which tells us that one day very soon we will be transported to heaven following the trumpet and the voice of the archangel (v. 17). After it tells us about our imminent future, we are faced with these words that speak peace to the soul: “Wherefore, comfort one another with these words” (v. 18).

            No matter how bad this world gets, we can rest assured in the fact that our Lord is personally coming back in the clouds to get us! The more I look around in society, the more comforting these words become. So, the next time you feel down, discouraged, anxious, uncertain, worried, or anything else, look up and gaze upon the clouds for a minute as you think of the soon return of the Savior. Remember the truth in our passage today, “So shall we ever be with the Lord.”

            Let’s find comfort in God’s promise not only to never leave us nor forsake us while we are living on this earth, but also His promise to come snatch us out of here to take us home so we can forever live in His presence and worship Him for all eternity. That’s the best news I’ve got and it truly is good news!

*Pastor John's weekly devotionals can be heard on WFBM 90.1 and 90.5 Saturdays at 5:30 AM and 4:30 PM.