And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. (2Th 1:7 KJV)
The Lord is hidden from view right now. Still he’s going to reveal himself together with his angels in power, might and glory to finally bring justice and righteousness to victorious culmination. The righteous judgement of the Lord will set the records straight and all things right. Because we live so entirely from God’s mercy and grace, it’s easy to overlook and forget about God’s justice. God deals so merciful with us, that we tend to push his justice onto the backburner of insignificance. Yet it is an abbreviated and far from perfect perspective. From the cross on Golgotha until the coming very last Judgement Day Church history is a wonderful order of both – justice and mercy. Even if they are such grand opposites, they both are part of the wonderful will of God as revealed in his holy Word. His praises are sung as the God, who is merciful and just! We, who strive for Christian perfection in holiness and sanctity should strive to clothe ourselves in God’s mercy and pray continuously for righteousness and justice. In this two-fold orientation we will understand this profound word of the apostle that he addressed to the Thessalonians. Amen.
Oh merciful Father! There is a lot of evil on the run in this world and such much trouble afflicts your holy Church here on earth. That is why we pray to you and ask for help and support for your Church. Grant us respite in all suffering, fight against the arrogant assaults of our enemies and foes of your congregation. Come soon o Lord, so that we enter the eternal kingdom, that you have prepared for us from the very beginning. Amen. (Wilhelm Löhe)
Fight the good fight with all thy might; Christ is thy Strength, and Christ thy Right; Lay hold on life, and it shall be Thy joy and crown eternally. (John S.B. Monsell, 1811-1875)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Thursday after the twenty sixth Sunday after the high holiday of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 401 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.