Today we being reading the first half of the short book of 1 Thessalonians, which was written by Paul as a letter to the church in Thessalonica (Thessaloniki). This was one of Paul’s first letters and it was written to encourage believers through their persecution. It was also written to clarify questions about Christ’s second coming. Some believed Christ was coming soon, which created confusion and despair among the early Christian church as believers watched loved ones die before the second coming. This was a letter of reassurance and encouragement which we can take as encouragement for ourselves. God’s timing is perfect. We are to continue in our obedience of God in all we do. He will come in His timing.