Eternal Comfort

Myrna Folkert

Read: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father . . . loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace. (v. 16)

Recently I kept a vigil as a hospice volunteer. The dying man hadn’t shown any signs of consciousness the entire night. Under his right hand he clasped his black leather Holy Bible. I found the tightness of his grip intriguing. It made me think of how we should hold firmly to the word of the Lord.

As I sat by this man’s side, I imagined the invisible flow of the Holy Spirit going up through his arm, into his chest spreading throughout his entire being. The eternal comfort of the Word of God and the hope of heaven can be ours even during the process of dying. God chose us, and cleanses us by our belief in the truth. We can obtain glory in heaven through his wonderful grace. How we need to stand firm and hold to what Scripture has taught us.

Hebrews 4:12-13 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (NIV). We will all stand before God and give an account of our lives one day, so let’s spend time reading the Bible and living out what it says. —Myrna Folkert

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to cling to your words of life.