Your journey into salvation isn’t over just because you have taken the first step. You still have much to learn, and the path leads through dangerous territory.
The apostle Paul asked the believers in Thessalonika to pray that, in his own missionary journeys, he would be “saved from wicked and evil people.”
Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord. But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are practicing the things we commanded you, and that you always will. May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:2-5)
Paul’s enemies wanted him dead because he left them to join Jesus’ revolution. And in every city, Paul would be confronted by people willing to do anything — even kill — to protect their wicked way of life.
Paul knew, however, that God can be trusted. Those who trust him, he will make strong and guard them from the evil one. What was essential was that believers would always keep walking in God’s ways — practicing the things Paul had commanded.
As they stayed on those paths — walking with Jesus in the Way — they would learn more and more about the love of God. They would understand the importance of enduring trials and not giving up. They would realize that Christ is the one who strengthens them to keep walking.
As you muster the determination to take each new step — difficult as it may be, impossible as the destination may seem — you find that Jesus gives you the strength you needed to make it.
When you are on a dangerous road, you need to keep moving.