The Faithful Lord – 2 Thess. 3:3

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” (2 Thess. 3:3)

In this verse, the Apostle Paul reassures the faithful with a powerful promise. These words written to the early Christian community in Thessalonica, carry major significance for members of the Church today. They offer solace and assurance that in life’s trials and tribulations, the Lord remains faithful.

What implications can be found in this verse for our lives?

“The Lord is faithful…”
This phrase in the verse is a foundational bedrock of our faith. It states that our God is unwavering in His promises and steadfast in His love for His children. Throughout the Scriptures and in our personal experiences, we witness the faithfulness of God. He never falters, never wavers, but remains constant in His care for us.

“…who shall establish you…”
Here, Paul speaks of the Lord’s role as the One who strengthens and establishes us. In a world filled with darkness and chaos, we find our stability not in our own strength, but in the firm foundation of Heavenly Father. Just as a mighty oak tree is firmly rooted in the earth, so too are we rooted in the Lord’s love and power. He establishes us in righteousness, in truth, and in His ways.

“…and keep you from evil.”
This phrase holds a precious promise: the Lord will guard and protect us from evil. This does not mean that we will be shielded from all adversity or hardship, but rather that in the face of evil, Heavenly Father will be our refuge and strength. As we walk in faith and obedience to the Commandments, He guides our steps away from temptation and towards righteousness.


For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this verse surely resonates with our beliefs. We understand that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we are not only forgiven of our sins but also empowered to resist evil. As we strive to follow the teachings of the Gospel and keep the Commandments, the Lord’s power becomes manifest in our lives.

In times of trial, when we feel the weight of the world upon our shoulders, we can find comfort in these words of Paul. The Lord is faithful; He establishes us in His truth and righteousness, and He keeps us from the snares of evil. This verse speaks to us of the constant presence of our loving Heavenly Father, ever watchful and ever caring for His children.

As we ponder the simplicity of this verse, may each of us find strength in the Lord’s faithfulness and assurance for us, and confidence in His protection from evil. Let us take refuge in His promises and walk with faith, knowing that we are in His capable and loving hands.