1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11

Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

I really don’t need to write to you about how and when this will all happen, dear brothers and sisters. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come unexpectantly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “All is well; everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman’s birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape. But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like others. Stay alert and be sober! For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out His anger on us. He died for us so that we can live with Him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of His return. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11


Here Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to live in watchfulness and sobriety. Based on his previous teachings, Paul encourages the Thessalonians to live full and productive lives as they wait in eager anticipation for Christ’s return. Paul reminds them that Jesus died so that we can live with Him forever. Jesus bore the wrath of God so that we would not have to. Once again Paul reminds the Thessalonians to be encouraged by these truths. Do not be caught off guard! Be ready!

The Big Question

Are you eagerly awaiting the return of Christ for His bride? Will you be found ready for Christ’s return? Do you view each day as an opportunity to share the “Good News” of Jesus with those who are lost, without hope, and separated from God? Who is in your top three?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.