2 Thessalonians 3:5 – May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
Who directs you?
Is it the man with a bright orange vest and reflective bands? He might direct you to keep you out of a dangerous situation and to keep you on the right path. A director of a choir or band is there to help keep the group working together as they go through the music, so that if he notices anyone going off the musical path he can help them to remain on key. Maybe you are directed by a pastor or teacher who tries to give you information that will allow you to make informed decisions and get to where you’re going in life. Then there is the GPS. The GPS is supposed to help you find the most direct route to your destination, but I think a few of us have experienced being misled by the GPS.
As many things and people who are trying to direct us and keep us on a good path, there are seemingly just as many or more that are trying to mislead us. There are ads on TV that will say almost anything to get us to try their product. We are often misled by others who have their own agenda or just want a partner in crime (so to speak). Sometimes misleading someone can be unintentional, like if that person has also been misled. So often the misleading is subtle and easily overlooked. Maybe a better word is gradual. You start by having a drink before you’re of age. You didn’t get drunk, so you’re sure you don’t have a problem, but you find yourself drinking more each weekend. You start to feel like you need a drink to have fun or fit in. Things that mislead us can start subtly, so we need to be on guard.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ
Where should out hearts be directed? Our hearts should be directed by the grace of God, to the love of God and steadfastness of Christ. How do we know that the Lord is directing us that way? Because we are spending time in His word, church and family. We keep our focus on Him. We rely on Him, and He remains faithful to keep us close. We aren’t perfect though, and without the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will always fall short. We are human and get easily distracted, so I like Paul would like to pray this for you and your family as well, “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ”.