Strength In Weakness (Part 3)

The early Christians suffered a lot of afflictions, and Paul warned them ahead of time that it would be that way.  In I Thessalonians 3, verses 1 through 5, we see evidence of this affliction.  “Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:  That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.  For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.  For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

Paul was telling these believers that just as he said, they would suffer trials and afflictions.  But he knew that many people give up when they encounter trouble.  Sometimes it seems too hard to be a Christian because we know that we will not be spared from suffering.  (Psalm 34:19a, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”)  And Paul also knew that Satan would try to tempt them away from God through these difficulties.  Mark my word, he will try and draw you away from God during difficulties, too.  But we can be ready for it.  As we can see, these early Christians did not let God down.  Paul sent Timothy to check it out and see if they were still in the faith, and they came through!  We know we will go through suffering, God tells us that in His word, so we have to be ready for it.  “For you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.”

God wants you to tell Him all about your pain, your suffering, your misery.  Do you have days when you feel like your emotions are overflowing?  Empty them out to God, and leave your troubles, burdens and fears on His shoulders.  He is your strength, especially when you feel you have none.  List each worry or problem you have, one at a time, and believe that He is big enough to bear them all, and He does care about everything you are going through.  Psalm 62:8 tells us, “Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.”


One thought on “Strength In Weakness (Part 3)

  1. This is great advice. Our afflictions are little compared to the reward we will obtain by faith as we pass through these problems.


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