From my reading in 2 Thessalonians 3 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
Following Jesus is hard. It is a struggle to do what God has called us to do. Paul was concerned for the Thessalonians that they would stay strong in the middle of struggles. He sent Timothy to strengthen and encourage them…
“and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles.” 1 Thessalonians 3:3
Troubles are a part of the believers lot in life. We need encouragement in order to not be shaken. Knowing that hard times are a part of our calling can help us not wonder where God is in those moments. Paul continued.
“Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know.” 1 Thessalonians 3:4
It is helpful to be warned about hard times in advance so that you can be ready.
A hurricane warning is very helpful, because it gives people time to brace for the storm. As Christians we should brace for the storms of life realizing that even though hard times come in this life we can look forward to the Heaven where there will be no more crying or pain!
Paul was concerned that the devil would not get the best of them in the hard times. His life was connected to how well the Thessalonians were doing.
“It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 3:8
Are you standing firm in hard times?
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