Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we decided to be left alone in Athens; 2and we sent Timothy, our brother and co-worker for God in proclaiming the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, 3so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions. Indeed, you yourselves know that this is what we are destined for. 4In fact, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we were to suffer persecution; so it turned out, as you know. 5For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith; I was afraid that somehow the tempter had tempted you and that our labor had been in vain. (1 Thessalonians 3:1-5, NRSV)
Paul told the Thessalonians he was destined for persecution.
What are we destined for?
Greatness or lowliness?
Are we destined for persecutions or rewards?
I know what will come in the very end, an eternity with God. And it will be marvelous and better than I could ever imagine.
But on the way there there will be strife and hardship, persecution, and evil. It will not be an easy road because things will have to change when God’s love comes in and we do not like change. We want things to remain the same as they have always been, so it will be uncomfortable, but remember what we are destined for.