“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
This world will eat you up and spit you out. It comes at us with a thousand things all demanding our attention at once and we’re expected to figure out in a nanosecond which of the thousand items is where our attention needs to be. We live in a high stress, instant, now-now-now world that leave us feeling exhausted, frustrated, and emotionally spent.
In the middle of this steps the Apostle Paul, quietly asking (in verses 1-2) for us to pray that the word of God would go forth and be honored, that is, that he would achieve the ministry goals God had given him, and he asks for prayer for deliverance from evil men. Because not all have faith, but God is constant in his affection and unswerving in keeping his promises, which are given to us with strong assurance, and he is true to the facts and his own standards.
God, we are told will “establish” us, which means he will make us firm and give us stability, and can mean to settle us, to make us grow and multiply, to put us in a favorable position (in him), give us full recognition and acceptance (in him), and put us beyond doubt.
In tandem, he promises to protect us from danger with his watchful attention and make us secure, to preserve us and provide a barrier between us and the enemy of our souls.
Lord, we thank you for your promise and we put our trust in you today. Guard our hearts and minds from evil in Christ Jesus this day. We thank you for your faithfulness, your dependability, your love and your care for us. Lead us and guide us, give us rest and peace. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.