Re:Verse passage – 1 Peter 4:12-19 (day four)
Suffering is inevitable. Peter tells us that we are not to look to God for relief if we are suffering for something we did and then received our just reward for our deeds. Murder, theft, evil and meddling (whoa…did he have to include that last one?) There is no relief if we deserve what we received. Believers that suffer unjustly though should glorify God and identify with the suffering of Christ.
Verse 19 gives us a summary of all 1 Peter. We (believers) do not suffer by accident or blind fate. We suffer by God’s will. Believers must entrust themselves to God’s safe keeping…He is our Creator and has cared for us from the beginning. We are in good hands with our all-loving and faithful God. Suffering for doing right, brings glory to God and purifies us for His service.
Are you in the middle of suffering? Have you done something to deserve it or is God purifying you for a greater work? “Lord, open our eyes to see as You see. Cleanse us and make us useful vessels for You!”