GK Chesterton in his book What’s Wrong with the World said “We are all in the same boat but we are all seasick.” The topsy-turvy world we currently live in today with pandemics, persecution and an uncertain future certainly makes the boat we are all in in need of a Captain. St. Paul would make a good one.
Let’s take a look at “Captain” St. Paul’s letter to the persecuted Thessalonians where he offers timeless advice not only to them but to us as well in dealing with the storms in our lives. Hope is the central message and he advises them to encourage one another and build one another up. He advises to make progress in the kind of life you are meant to live; we have been called by God to be holy not immoral. He appeals to them (and us) “to be at peace among yourselves, give courage to the fearful, care for the weak and be patient with everyone.”
So, today, let’s do what “Captain” St. Paul advises as he calls us “children of the light” and consoles us with Christ’s promise to be with us always. He says to have courage and look for ways we can be a solution using the gifts we’ve been given. Also, to be fiercely loyal to one another in the midst of a fearful future -- have hope.
In Psalm 27, we are reminded that “if God is your light and your salvation of whom should you be afraid?” The Psalm asks us to put our hope in the Lord, be strong, let your heart be bold, and put your hope in the Lord.
Hope is definitely the medicine that will cure our “seasickness” in the storms we face in 2021.