“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”-1 Peter 1:3-5(NASB)
It is very clear our world is in turmoil. We are watching foreign countries deal with terrorist acts (these are not new only more visible), broken political system, and massive corruption. There are rumors of wars and tyranny running rampant throughout our social media feeds. We are watching our own cultural climate shift as tensions rise between parties and other social justice issues that are splitting our country apart.
Where do we turn?
For many, they will run to the group who fits the best with their morals and ideals. They will be with people they feel comfortable with and find support.
What about the Christians? Where do we turn?
The trials we are going to face in the midst of a changing world are sure to come. We need to be prepared for the struggles, and preparation is found in scripture which should move us to a place of comfort and peace.
As Peter wrote to the scattered Church, he had to encourage them in their faith, as it was being challenged. They had to hear the right words needed to keep them moving forward in their following of Jesus.
After he shares the words in 1 Peter 1:3-4, he shares,
“…even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” (v. 6-7 NASB)
The first thing we need to recognize is, the forthcoming challenges will be temporary. The temporary pain we all go through will allow us to grow closer in our relationship with Christ. We have been called to stand firm in our faith and rest in Jesus. We cannot look at the situations around us and live in stress over them. God has promised His provision and that is what our faith is built upon.
Next, our faith is worth more to God than gold. In fact, it is worth more to this world than all the riches we can imagine. God finds joy in our faith and trust and brings value to it all. The world needs to see Christians walking in the truth of scripture. We have inherited something wonderful through the resurrection of our Savior and we should be demonstrating the joy of this great news for the world to see.
Doom and gloom Christians are not resting in their inheritance, they are being overcome by the end, and not excited for what is to come.
Finally, our souls are made well through our faith. When we are bringing glory, honor, and praise to our Creator, our souls are at peace. We are not restless in what is going on around us, but finding rest in the peace of our Savior within us.
When we are resting in the everlasting inheritance found in Jesus, then the perishing world around us will not cause us to be shaken and uneasy.
May we find peace in the glory that is coming and not the struggles in the resent. May we be firm in the foundation of the faith we have found in the good news of Jesus Christ. May we trust the truth in scripture.
Peace and blessings friends!
QUESTION: How do you see yourself resting in the coming glory, so you aren’t overcome by the present distress?