I don't know which I hate worse--getting lost or having to stop and ask for directions. Now, I don't mind asking for directions if I know I am really lost with no hope of figuring out how to get to my destination. But if there is a slight chance that I can get there on my own, then I go for it. (Don't know if this is a pride problem, a male problem, or both!) When it comes to life and our future, however, we don't have to wander around. As believers, we have a road map! This was Paul's encouragement to the Thessalonians in chapter 5. Whether it is death, future global events, or unexpected circumstances, we can take courage for we "are all sons of light and sons of the day" (v5). We have instructions and a hope, but we must be vigilant in using these (vv6-8). Paul goes on to give some turn-by-turn instructions on living so that we end up where God wants us. These include honoring those in spiritual authority (v12-13), living at peace with other believers (v13), warning those who need it (v14), comforting the fainthearted (v14), and exercising patience (vv14-15). In addition, our lives should be marked by joy, prayer, discernment, and responsiveness to the Holy Spirit's leading (vv16-22). If we follow these instructions we won't have to worry about getting lost in life.
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