“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13, NIV)
When we are presented with an opportunity to obey God’s word, do we demur by looking at the messenger instead of the message?
The Christians in Thessalonica were commended by Paul in today’s scripture because they obeyed the word of God as they heard it — even when it came through fallible folk like Paul.
God is continuously speaking. Often, through nature. Often, through His people. Often, through our situation. Often, through unexpected messengers.
As a disciple of Jesus, be discerning. Don’t embrace the words of the devil because it appears to us in robes; and don’t dismiss the words of Jesus because He appears to us in rags. – Luther