Thursday August 9, 2018
1 Thessalonians 3:2-4
2 and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, 3 and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles. 4 Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know.
The Thessalonians were suffering from immense persecution because of their faith during this period. Timothy is sent to check on them and see if they have withstood this test of faith. We learn Paul warned and prepared the believers. They knew a storm was coming. It was just a matter of time.
“You are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into a storm.”
Life happens. We have all been through hard times in our life. Unfortunately, it isn’t the end. Trouble is inevitable. Some of it is self afflicted, but a lot of the times it is out of our control. How we prepare and take action for these storms will define how whether we will make it through.
The biggest storm that hit me happened my freshman year in college. I wasn’t a believer going into college, but was living a pretty good life. I was sent off to Louisville, KY. A brand new school. Brand new people. A brand new life. I’ll admit, I was excited for the opportunity to play baseball. I quickly began to feel lonely and it only got worse. I realized I had lost all my friends from home. I soon ended up losing my girlfriend I had been dating for three years in high school. And on top of it all, I lost my first family member. My sweet Granny Jan. I was in the midst of a hurricane.
I can still remember to this day crying in my room at Bettie Johnson Hall. It seemed like everything I thought I had was now gone. Thankfully some friends had been dragging me to FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). I remember shooting the pastor a text asking to meet. I told him about the hurricane I was going through and he calmly began telling me about Jesus.
Jesus is our rock during those storms. Once rooted in Jesus, we are a tree with roots so deep even the largest storms can’t take down. This is what he told me. And this was the moment I gave my life to Jesus. I needed someone to walk with me when life got tough.
Are you in a storm right now?
Are you prepared for the storms ahead?
Dear Lord, remind us life is never perfect. May we enjoy the sunshine and trust you through the rain. You are so good. Thank you for all you do. Amen.
Have a great day!