God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 NLT
Paul wrote as a man with vision. God had given him special revelation about His plans, and Paul’s assignment was to communicate this perspective to believers.
The apostle knew the Thessalonians had suffered through persecutions and hardships. They could have been discouraged and given up. But Paul was proud that they demonstrated endurance and faithfulness (v. 4) and became examples to others.
To reassure the believers that God knew what they were going through, Paul reminded them that someday Jesus would appear from Heaven with his mighty angels (v. 7). More than just punishing the enemies of the Gospel, Jesus will fulfill all of His promises. He will receive glory from His holy people praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him (v. 10).
This was the perspective believers were to have in every situation. Not just in the face of persecution, but also in physical and financial problems, and in emotional and relational complications. They were to persevere, confident God knew everything about their struggles, and they would be rewarded for their faithfulness.
This is the perspective each of us must have too. We may experience problems. But in light of eternity, these troubles are small and won’t last very long. The results will be worth it: They produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (2 Corinthians 4:17).
PrayerFather, thank You for knowing all I am going through. Help me to be faithful. I trust in You. In Jesus name. Amen.
Extended Reading2 Thessalonians 1