God’s Working People
Our Work During Suffering – Part I
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-9
Key Verse: 1 Peter 1:6
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.
There is a lot of suffering going on in our world today. We all face difficult times that cause us undue suffering.
As Christ-followers, we know that Jesus warned us that in this world we would have troubles, but sometimes we struggle to understand how to pray during these times. Should we simply accept it as part of life on this earth, without any faith that God will help us? Or would a child of God pray with great faith that God protects us from suffering? Find the answer in the middle of those two extreme thoughts.
The Apostle Peter told early Christ-followers that they must endure many trials. But he did not tell them to accept these trials with a lazy “I guess this is just the way it is” attitude. He described work that Christ-followers must do when they are in the middle of suffering, the work of faith.
We are to see our trials and sufferings as a “test”, like the tests we had to endure in school. During our schooling, the teacher told us a summary of what we would be studying, and what would be on the test that would follow. In other words, the tests were part of the course of study. So, it is in our walk with God; our “tests” are part of our walk with Him. Here is how the Apostle Peter put it:
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:7)
Today’s Key Verse starts with these words: “so be truly glad”. God is not asking us to be glad about the pain and suffering that we are going through. God is asking us to remember the reward of our faithfulness during these trials and suffering.
Read the second half of 1 Peter 1:7. It reminds us that staying strong through trials brings “much praise and glory and honor” on the day when Jesus returns to this earth to take us to our eternal home.
In other words, it will be worth all the trials, pain, and suffering when we see Jesus. Are you going through a tough time in your life, at this moment? Be truly glad about the fact that as you keep strong in your faith, God is watching and keeping record of your faithfulness amid pain.
God’s rewards are always worth working for, so be truly glad. Remember, your life here is short compared to your eternal life to come!
Father, please remind me when life gets tough, I can pass the test and be found worthy of much praise and glory and honor. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.