By Benjamin H. Liles
The biggest reason I have yet to post in a week's time is that I've had a huge clog in my ear of wax (looked like a stone), which has since been fixed since Friday (a couple of days ago). So, for those who have been praying i would be back on to help you understand what God is saying in His word, I thank you and am grateful to you for your love and support. With that said, we're going to dive in.
"But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one" (2 Thessalonians 3:3, New King James). When we look at the original verse from the King James and in the right context, it reads: "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ" (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5, King James).
I actually want to keep this simple this morning. So, the reason for the whole contextual basis is that Paul is essentially saying, "Even though men who are unreasonable and wicked, due to their lack of belief, pray for us to be protected. For the Lord is 'faithful and will give strength, to protect you from evil." Yes, some versions say "Evil One," which means our adversary Satan prowls about entering into men's hearts devising schemes to keep us from doing God's will.
The whole of it is that Paul wants us as believers to pray for God's protection on the saints who do the bulk of God's work as missionaries. Don't get me wrong, we're all on mission: to love others where they are at, to show and teach them about Christ and His love, and to do so while standing firm in the grace of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, when we read that verse for the day, "But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from evil," Paul is saying that Jesus Christ is faithful to keep us and guard us from the prevailing evil that floods this world, in our local areas, our States, and our countries. We counter this by extending the love of Christ, through prayer and intercession, just as Christ was and became our mediator -- especially on the cross -- where He bore our sins and took our death so we may have His righteousness as ours, thus also making us alive in God. I pray this helps and encourages you this day about how we are to stand firm in Christ Jesus. I pray in His name for you. Amen.