1 Thessalonians 1-3
Observation: Take note that in chapter 2 Paul describes his relationship with this church as both a mother’s care and a father’s exhortation. His point is not to obscure the value of God’s design in creating men and women, but to emphasize his investment in this church of sharing his life with them.
Question: How were the opponents experiencing the wrath Paul describes in 2:16? The easy answer is that we are not totally sure. It seems obvious they are not experiencing the ultimate wrath that will be poured out by God. Some say he is just saying they have filled the cup of God’s wrath. I suspect something bad is happening to them in the moment and that we don’t know what it is.
Application: Notice that Satan is described as preventing Paul from visiting Thessalonica again. We don’t know how, but it is a reminder that Satan is still a powerful foe even though Jesus has defeated him. He can only do what God permits so we pray for God to protect us from the evil one.
Prayer: Father, help me to increase and overflow in love for other believers and may that occur throughout our church family.