“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 have not faith.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (KJV)
When I think about the running of the word, I think of the runners in Old Testament days running to tell the king the outcome of a battle (2 Samuel 18:24-27).
Paul is speaking of the word of the Lord, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Prayer for the word to be spread with haste, with speed, and certainly we need that in 2019.
If any of you are of the type who like to see good in everyone; we need to always keep in mind that there are those who are not in the faith of our Lord Jesus, and some of these try and twist the word of God to suit their own ends and means.
Christian all we have to stand on is Christ our Rock; and we do that through faith in Him and all that He has said. His word is His way, His law, His commandments, His statutes, His testimonies, His judgments, His holiness, and His righteousness.
Let us stand upon that Rock or we will be crushed by Him (Matthew 21:44). Pray for the speed of the work of the word of the Lord.
“Let your loins be girded about, and lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.” Luke 12:35-36
In the era when our Lord walked the earth as God in the flesh the people wore robes, and garments which covered their legs. If they needed to run that would encumber them to a certain extent, or great extent. What they needed to do to run in haste was to raise the garment up and gird it about their waist to free their legs for a much more free movement. It was pulled up around their loins.
lights in that day needed tended each day, and to make sure oil was in the lamps so things could be seen by night.
The application for the follower of Jesus Christ today is that as we go we need to be always ready to give an answer for the hope which is in us. Ready to run. Ready and always letting the light of Jesus in us be shining.
“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the swelling of Jordan? For even your brethren, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; yea, they have called a multitude after you: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto you.” Jeremiah 12:5-6 (KJV)
The prophet had asked God some questions; and God answered.
What do I want for Christmas today?
No matter what may come into my life today whether with men, trials, life situations I want to be able to contend with it all through the power of the cross, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ; I want to always take it to heart and mind that I cannot stand for Him alone.