Today's encouragement comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:3, where we read these words:
"But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one."
It is wonderful that God protects His Christian churchmen from "the evil one." The old snake comes slithering around in all kinds of guises. He is a restless, sullen, and driven foe. Sometimes he manages to land a "punch" on some of the Lord's children—but he is never able to fell us.
Let all Christ's believing people be thankful that our Lord is "faithful"; and that this kind grace expresses itself in both the "establishment" of our souls, and the safety and security of them. This is no small blessing—as life in a fallen world of dangerous sinners is not a "walk in the park."
[Puritan quote of the day: "Christ gives to those who come to Him such com-fort and pleasure as are enough to make them forget all their former labor and travail.” —Jonathan Edwards, in the book, "On Knowing Christ"]