All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 2nd Thessalonians 1:5 NIV
It was not because he was a Christian that he was persecuted. He just worked for a cruel boss. But every day he suffered mental abuse from him. Because the man was a Christian, he prayed to God for help. It took time. It took painfully too much time. The insults and unkind treatment took its toll on the man´s ego and his happy-go-lucky attitude slowly died. Even the end of the harsh treatment was sore because he was left without work. Along with this last insult went a certain amount of money that was never paid. Should the man take comfort to know that the Lord will repay the mean boss who had troubled him? Should we?
In verse 6 and 7, we are assured that the Lord will repay the evil that inflicts His children on that great day. But we must not leave room for bitterness. Jesus offers us a different Way. Our suffering can work to draw us nearer to God. The pain and the abuse we endure can refine us from our former worldly ways. That careless attitude that we lost through our suffering can give way to a need for God that lasts. We can take heart that the more we need Jesus, the more we will find of Him. Shall we lift our sights and our hope up to our Savior now? Shall we pray that we are found worthy of the Kingdom and being with the God that we so earnestly seek?
Show us how our sufferings can bring us closer to You. Let us rejoice at the thought of forever being with You, we pray!