Submission to Suffering
Guardian of Our Souls – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:21-25
Key Verse: 1 Peter 2:25
Once you were like sheep who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.
As we consider suffering and how we should handle it, the Apostle Peter reminds us: “…Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21b). Let’s consider the “steps” Peter listed for us. Jesus, first of all, never sinned in the midst of His suffering (1 Peter 2:22). When we are hurting, we can become a target of the evil one, tempting us to sin against God. The devil often whispers: “Why keep trying? God has let this all happen to you; go do something that feels good, even if it’s wrong.” In the midst of a trial and/or times of suffering, we must guard our hearts and determine to stay faithful to God.
Secondly, Peter reminds us that in Jesus’ suffering He never threatened revenge, but left His case in the hands of God (1 Peter 2:23). When our suffering comes at the hands of a person, it’s hard not to fight back. It is easy to plot our retaliation. However, like Jesus, we must not allow these human feelings to rule over the Spirit of God that lives in us. We must remind ourselves how much God cares about us and let Him fight our battles! He will always do a better job than we can. Remember, God never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4) which lets us know He never misses what anyone does to us. The Bible is clear: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14). (Continued)
Father, I will be faithful, even when I’m suffering, trusting that you will faithfully fight for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.