Acts 17:16-34, Acts 18:1-3, and 1 Thessalonians 1, 2, 3, 4, 5:1-11. We are on Paul’s missionary journey! What stands out to you today?
“When I arrived here the other day, I was fascinated with all the shrines I came across. And then I found one inscribed, to the god nobody knows. I’m here to introduce you to this God so you can worship intelligently, know who you’re dealing with.” Acts 17:23 MSG
Acts 17:23-28 – Paul was familiar with Athens, and this sign “to the unknown god” only confirmed what he has already seen. There are signs in your life that point to what you worship…. What do your signs point to?
May God our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you! And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers.” 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 MSG
Paul’s encouragement to the Thessalonians is made more powerful because he is describing a future hope to cling to time in times of suffering. We know what he is suffering from reading Acts. Clearly, Paul was appointed to/ destined for trials (1 Thess 3:3). Paul’s trials were not signs that he should stop – neither are yours. Stay faithful.