Sometimes we feel like David in the Psalms:
“How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?”
The believers in Thessalonica were experiencing severe trials and persecution. Paul, who had first preached Christ to them, had to escape quickly from Thessalonica and continue his ministry elsewhere. But God had not abandoned them. They could rely on the Lord in the midst of their trials and troubles.