1 Thessalonians 5; Isaiah 23-24; Psalm 116
I visited Las Vegas once. I loved meeting the people there. They were very friendly. The strip, at night, is full of people and lights. It’s an amazing place. I did something that most tourists to Las Vegas don’t do, though; I visited the strip during the day. The beauty, the glitz, and the glamor of the night no longer dominated and the streets were ordinary and uninspiring. They were, in fact, pretty dirty.
The Bible often speaks of night and day in figurative terms. The night, without the neon lights back then, being the place where evil thrived while the day was where everything good happened. Paul reminded the Thessalonian church who they were. “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
We belong to the day, we belong to God. We are controlled not by outside forces, but by ourselves under the leadership of God. We go out into the world armed for the battle we face every day. Our hearts are to be protected by faith and love. Too many people are sitting around waiting to take offense at the least little thing. Our love for others and our faith in God are designed to keep us from being offended at the least little thing. Our hope of salvation protects us from all the attacks on our faith.
We belong to the day. As people of the day, we will often find the results of the problems of the night along the road. We are to deal with those problems with faith and love. Our response to all things should be to show the same love that Christ had.
Lord, let me live in the day, in the light, and show Your love to others. Let me respond to issues with faith and love instead of reacting the wrong way.