God’s Truth for Trying Times - 5/5/20


God’s Truth for Trying Times - 5/5/20


We need God’s truth in trying times. Read the Scripture passage, think about what it is saying, then pray; by yourself or with your household. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly (Col. 3:16).


READ: 1 Peter 4:12-19


“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And "If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1 Peter‬ ‭4:12-19‬)


CONSIDER: What Peter was getting at is almost unimaginable for us, that a leader like Nero would literally burn Christians with complete disregard for their lives. There was no sanctity of life nerve in Nero’s body. Startlingly, the response would be for rejoicing because you were sharing Christ’s sufferings. And to look forward to Christ’s glory being revealed. Knowing that the counterintuitive was true: insults meant blessing, because God’s Spirit rests on you. God being with us and assuring us of His purpose and work. Don’t shrink in fear, not ashamed, keep glorifying God as you go through mistreatment. You’ll notice, there is no call to stand up for your rights or demand fair treatment. It talks about judgment beginning with the household of God. That’s hard for us to grasp. The point being made is about those that are under the wrath of God that aren’t covered by the blood of Christ and his mercy. Keep on trusting your soul to God; do good while suffering.


THINK: What does this declare about God? What are God’s people being called to do? What assurance is given? How does the Word of God transform our hearts and lives and relationships?


PRAY:‬‬ Pray these verses to God as a prayer. Pour out your heart in praise to God. Pray for others. Present needs to Him.