This is the last day of “kingdom” passages from the writings of Paul. These both have to do with suffering and are, as always, important to take in context. First this, in Paul’s second letter to Timothy.
The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:18
To be sure, God can keep us from every evil deed, but that’s not exactly what Paul means. After all, he’s been beaten and left for dead before. Here’s something he said to the Thessalonians.
This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgement so that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.
2 Thessalonians 1:5
Paul was not expecting to be spared suffering, but only to be eventually delivered safely into God’s heavenly kingdom. I think this is a nice way to end our time with Paul. He can be difficult to read, but boy did he put it all on the line for Jesus, and like us, only has the assurance that God will bring him safely into His heavenly kingdom.
What kingdom statement will you use to replace your worry thoughts today?
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.