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1 Thessalonians 3:1-3

1 Thessalonians 3:1 When we could no longer stand it, we thought it was better to be left alone in Athens for this reason.

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you about your faith,

1 Thessalonians 3:3 so that no one will be shaken by these things we suffer, because you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.

appointed to this

The Thessalonian Christians were in danger of being shaken because of the suffering being experienced by Paul and his mission team. Paul sent Timothy to them, not to assure them that everything was alright, but to remind them that suffering is part of the plan.

Christian, if you are suffering today, be assured that God is not sitting on his throne in heaven, wringing his hands, wondering what to do. Nor is he angry at you because you haven’t learned the right words to pray, or haven’t mustered up enough faith for him to respond.

You are appointed to that suffering. Like Job , God is proud of you, and wants to show off your faith and loyalty. Be thankful for his confidence, and keep trusting him through this. You can get through it. It is not designed to destroy you. It is designed to glorify your God.

All suffering is evil, and no suffering will last forever. But the way we respond to suffering as believers tells the world what we are made of, and who we belong to.

Lord, until you release us from our suffering, may we wear it proudly, and so honor you.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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