1 Thessalonians 3:6–13 (ESV)
Timothy’s Encouraging Report
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in
all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10
as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and
may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Paul is comforted by Timothy’s good report of the Thessalonians holding fast in their faith. It is a comfort when people you care about stay true and faithful to Christ. As a father, I have prayed for my children, even before
they were born, that they would remain faithful to Christ. Most parents want their children to become successful in their careers. While I do want this, I measure success by standing firm in the faith. That is my highest priority. I want that for my kids,
but I can’t force them and I don’t want to push or shove them in that direction. I have to let my children (23, 19, & 15) make their own decisions and mistakes. It has caused me to do a lot of praying. It is a true joy and a comfort when I
hear them talk about their faith and making decisions based on their faith. I realize that God has been answering my prayers the way I want them. It makes me happy when God’s ways, and our ways are one in the same. I will continue to pray for my children’s
spiritual well being. They do make mistakes, but it is good to see them recognize the mistakes.
I pray: O Lord, I pray that my kids will marry Christians that stand firm in their faith. I pray that they
will worship together, pray together, and study your Word together. I pray that they come to know that faith is the strongest characteristic when choosing a spouse. Give me wisdom to continue praying for them, wisdom to know when to talk to them and when to
let go and let them learn on their own. Thank you for your continued guidance. Amen.