to him who led his people through the desert,Once again we are reminded of God's leading. He leads us in the good times and in the harshest of times. It seems like we always want His leading the most when times are bad. But the next hard time that comes up, we have already forgotten His guiding hand from the last time.
His love endures forever.
For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? (1 Thessalonians 2:19 -- ESV) Three things mentioned here... "hope" ... "joy" ... "crown of boasting" ... Hope - What does Paul have his sights set on? Joy - What is it that brings Paul joy? Crown of Boasting - That Olympic Wreath of Glory that is placed on his head? It is these people. It is his children in the faith. They are Paul's Hope and Joy and Crown of Glory when Jesus returns.