Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Some say, “don’t sweat the small stuff,” but little things matter. My eyes widened and I experienced a genuine, “ah ha!” moment when reading the Nehemiah passage because it relates the details God remembered throughout the years of wandering the Hebrews faced before entering into the Promised Land – and equally important details when they arrived. In verse 21 the statement, “their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell,” first elicited a “Wow. They put that in the Bible?” reaction, but in rereading the passage it became a, “Wow! God thinks of EVERYTHING!” reaction.
My closet may be stuffed with more clothes that it can comfortably hold, but the Jews in the desert were not able to drop by Macy’s for replacements and they did not stop long enough for the cotton crop to reach maturity.
And their feet did not swell? How amazing is that!? I have resorted to only wearing shoes with hidden elastic to accommodate for my feet swelling after a day of walking around my workplace. Swollen feet may seem minor, but in unforgiving shoes – or barefoot – can change a good day to a bad one in a hurry.
Just as God thinks of everything, he wants us to be mindful of the details in our lives. As we anticipate Christ’s return, we have responsibility to act in the way he calls us to. The Thessalonians passage guides us in honoring one another through holding one another accountable in a loving way. We are instructed to maintain a faithful lifestyle, working toward Christ’s return with his to-do list.
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