May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen (establish) your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. (1 Thess. 3: 12-13)
The Lord will return – His coming is at hand and we need to have hearts that are strong, established, deeply rooted in Him. Hearts that cannot be shaken by the daily struggles and troubles that we face. As trees that face the wind and grow deeper roots, so our hearts must find a deeper relationship and connection with our Father in our times of woe.
“When God shall give you a rich return for all you have done for him, you will blush to think you ever doubted; you will be ashamed to think you ever grew weary in his service. You shall have your reward. Not tomorrow, so wait: not the next day perhaps, so be patient. You may be full of doubts one day, your joys sink low. It may be rough windy weather with you in your spirit. You may even doubt whether you are the Lord’s, but if you have rested in the name of Jesus, if by the grace of God you are what you are, if he is all your salvation, and all your desire, — have patience; have patience, for the reward will surely come in God’s good time.” (Spurgeon)