Not surprised

Re: Verse reading–1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:1-11 (day one)
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you. . .  as though some strange thing were happening to you.”  (4:12)  Peter is a different man from the person we encountered in the gospels.  A profound change has happened in his attitude and character.  No change is greater than his expectation of suffering.  He is more patient now.  More reconciled to the fact that unfair and painful things often happen to followers of Christ.  It no longer surprises him.  He does not struggle against it.  Hard words to hear in an age of “health and wealth” preaching.  Some even claim that followers of Jesus are “guaranteed” a life of success (read absence of pain and struggle).  Eventually yes, but not in the short-term.  Not always.  Part of following the Son of God is willingness to face painful trial with faith and hope.  When it comes into our lives, we should not be surprised.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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