Bible Reading Day 288
Day 288: October 15 (1 Thessalonians 2)
In chapter 2 of 1 Thessalonians, Paul recalls his visit to Thessalonica. You can read about it in Acts 17, although there are some details in Paul’s record that Luke did not have in his account.
Several things are notable: first that Paul did not come as a grand celebrity – he writes that he was more like a mother than an apostle. Second (like a mother) Paul worked extremely hard during his stay there. And third, the new believers took Paul’s words as the words of God (which they were).
Then Paul explains to them how the Jews, in religious blindness, opposed both Paul and Jesus. He draws a parallel with the Christians in Jerusalem and Judea, who also suffered greatly at the hands of the Jews.
Finally Paul refers to his struggle to visit them again, and how he sent Timothy instead. He concludes this chapter by saying again how much the Thessalonians mean to him: “what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you!”
If you are suffering today, know that God sees that. And in that suffering remember that God is as proud of you as Paul was of the Thessalonians.
Have a great day!