8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
Two days ago I discussed waking each morning wondering if perhaps today the Lord Jesus could return. It still holds true two days later. And it will hold true 2000 days or weeks or months later, if the Lord should tarry.
However, until that day, though, know that we carry with us protective gear for our battle. The helmet as the hope of salvation reassures us that the battle is worth fighting to the end and that giving up is useless because He goes before us. It’s easy to become discouraged and downtrodden because life is hard for each of us. The battles I face are different than your battles. Yes, they are different but they’re difficult too. While I would think your battles are easy and mine are difficult, you probably think the opposite. That’s why we look forward to that day of His return.
Of course faith and love as our breastplate protect us from hateful and hurtful things our enemies (and sometimes our friends say). It also gives us courage to keep pressing on each day, one small deed at a time, out of love for our God and Savior. We don’t know why we’re facing the battles we face, but we continue in faith, knowing that God definitely knows what He’s doing in our lives.
Readers, be encouraged by these words. You and I are not alone in this battle. He has gone before us and we also can rely on friends and family to get us through difficult times.
Cheer up for your redemption is nigh.