Preaching Magazine 2 Thessalonians, Illustrations

In the July 31 edition of his Today’s Turning Point Daily Devotional, David Jeremiah writes: “According to Oklahoma City newspapers, a man is in jail now because of his mother’s obituary. Nearly forty years ago, Stephen Michael Paris escaped from prison. He’s been living and working in Houston under a false name all these years. When his mother died, her obituary listed him by his alias, Stephen Michael Chavez, and that gave authorities the clue they needed to hunt him down.

When it comes to God, we can’t hide from His justice. He has no trouble tracking us down, and the Bible warns of a day when God will pay with tribulation upon those who trouble His people and rebel against His righteousness: “In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,” says 2 Thessalonians 1:8.

But the same passage reveals He will be glorified by His saints and admired among all those who believe in Him (verse 10). God’s love as shown through Jesus Christ is the answer to the rebellion in man’s heart today. His love changes our situation now and our destination tomorrow. And when our obituary finally shows up in the newspaper, we’ll be rejoicing in His presence in heaven.

Don’t hide from God. Hide in Him.”