Spiritual Practice

The Center of the Storm

Brayden Hirsch, 17

Second Thessalonians offers hope to a persecuted people and calls them to faithfulness and persistence. Like much of the Gospel, this letter calls us simply to trust God, for in doing so we may find peace.

Many teens consider peace a happily-ever-after fantasy. The word peace brings to mind rivers, meadows, and sunshine, not traffic, graveyards, and arguments with our parents. But peace is irrelevant to circumstance.

“Life is crazy,” we say. “It’s moving too fast.” Time flies, not only when we’re having fun, but all the time: when we fail a final exam, when college applications are denied, when friendships crumble, when death and disease hit home. But God promises peace, even in turmoil.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)

Second Thessalonians is as true now as it was when it was written. Christ does not actively pursue a relationship with us, seeking our love and acceptance, so that we can find comfort in this world. Christ died to save us so that even in the chaos, even when time is running out, we can place our trust in him and find peace.


REFLECT: What allows you to be content in all circumstances? What gives you peace?

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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