By Michelle Darbonne
October 13, 2020
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2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Last year when we went through our series on the 7 letters in Revelation, I remember our pastors encouraging us to consider, if God was writing a letter to you, what would He say? Reading through 2 Thessalonians 1 today reminds me of that question and makes me wonder, if Paul was writing a letter to us today at New North, what would he say?
On his second missionary journey Paul preached the gospel in a Jewish synagogue in the Greek city of Thessalonica, and some Jews and a large number of Greeks came to faith as a result. But Paul’s message stirred up violent turmoil in the city, and he fled in the night to the city of Berea. After leaving so quickly, Paul wrote two letters to the Christians in Thessalonica to encourage them in their new faith.
Despite Paul’s short time with them, chapter 1 makes it clear that the believers in Thessalonica were doing quite well even though they’ve been on their own. Paul celebrates that their faith is growing “more and more” and their love for each other is increasing. Even though they’ve faced significant persecution and trials, Paul boasts that they’ve continually persevered and put their faith in God.
These believers set an amazing example for us to follow! Not many of us experience the kind of persecution the Thessalonians faced for following Jesus, but so many of us have experienced trial after trial - especially this year. Those trials can tempt us to question God’s sovereignty and doubt our faith in Him, but I hope that this chapter reminds you like it has reminded me that God’s judgment is right, He will give relief to you who are troubled, and that through suffering we are counted worthy of our calling to God’s kingdom.
So even in the midst of hardship, let’s pursue our faith more deeply and seek to love each other more and more as we follow Jesus together.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
— 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Prayer to start with: God we pray that you would count us worthy of Your calling, and that You would fulfill every good purpose and every act You prompt in us. Help our faith to grow more and more, and for our love for each other to increase. We want You to be glorified in us. Amen.