Endure Suffering

LifeLink Devotional

Friday, January 29, 2021

Here’s one final challenge for you this week concerning the faithfulness of God. It comes from 1 Peter 4:19.

“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”

As I mentioned earlier in the week, we tend to sacrifice relational faithfulness because of low returns on our investments. But we also sacrifice faithfulness to God based on the suffering we may experience.

I’m sure we can all look back on our lives and remember internal debates we have had with ourselves about whether we should let our faith show in certain situations. Should I bow my head and give thanks for my food in the restaurant? Should I let the group of friends at school who invited me over for a movie night know that I have certain movie standards because I am a Christian? How much ridicule will I get at work if they saw me reading my Bible during lunch?

Unfortunately for many of us the threat of suffering was more influential in our final decision than the faithfulness of God to protect us. I would encourage you to read 1 Peter starting in chapter 3 verse 8, and get a renewed perspective on living for Jesus even if it causes us to suffer at the hands of unsaved people. Read all the way through chapter 4. The passage concludes with the words I have printed above. Let me repeat them.

“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”

It is God’s will for us to be faithful. It is God’s will for us to serve Him above all other desires in our lives. It is God’s will for us to testify to His saving grace. It is God’s will to be Gospel-centered people. But we will never follow God’s will if we first do not make three choices.

  1. We choose to entrust our souls to a faithful Creator. This requires placing a higher value on our eternal reward than on any earthly benefit we think we can earn.  God is eternally faithful to protect us. Peter told us this is chapter 1. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
  2. We choose to endure the sufferings of today because our hope is in the glory of eternity. We must never place a higher value on personal comfort than on faithfulness to God.
  3.  We choose to keep doing good no matter how much we suffer. We must not set aside the expression of God’s righteousness for the sake of human benefit.

1 Peter 2:20-21 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”

Pastor John

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