The Salve for Suffering
Sharing in Christ’s Glory – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-7
Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:1
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you
When we get a physical cut or burn, it feels good to get the proper salve for those injuries. In this discussion of suffering, we need a salve that helps us through the pain. As the Hebrew writer described so well: “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11). Earlier in this same chapter we are reminded: “Since we respected our earthly father who disciplines us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our Spirits, and live forever” (Hebrew 12:9).
The salve for our suffering contains these thoughts that our heavenly Father gets deeply involved in our suffering. Our Father in heaven either creates situations that cause us to be trained or uses natural circumstances caused by us or others to make us better. There is no salve—no hope—for those who suffer in this world who don’t believe in a good Father in heaven who cares for them. I can’t imagine the pain that comes to their mind and emotions, on top of the suffering they are experiencing due to their hopelessness.
Child of God, your suffering is not a random event that is some cruel twist of fate. Your suffering is given a powerful purpose by a powerful God who rules over your life. Don’t accuse Him of evil, praise Him for intervening! (Continued)
Father, today—whatever comes—I know you are watching over me. I will trust your grand plan for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.