1 Peter 1:6-9 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Times of Trouble – v.6-9
Peter talks about heaviness, temptations and trials, it’s going to happen. Times of trouble are also part of the Christian life. In this life we decide whom we will serve; will we serve the evil one or will we serve God? For those who choose God there is a reward waiting, but what about now? Why did God allow…?
One of the most celebrated men of the bible is the Apostle Paul. We see him as the father of missionaries. Of all the high profile times when he was in the audience of Kings and Emperors there was a great cost to his ministry. He mentions some of his dark days in the 2nd letter to the Corinthians. 2 Cor 11:23-27 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
This side of Paul’s ministry we would rather not see or experience but Paul not only had these things happen to him, he endured them all so that others might be brought to Christ. Now when we look at a list like this how can we complain about what we go through?
If you still think “This isn’t fair” I would like to leave you with one thought: was it fair that the Son of God come to earth, live a perfect life and be tortured to death for our sins? What did Jesus say in the garden the night he was taken by the angry mob? Luke 22:42 … Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Father, I am sorry for all the times I have complained. Please help me to have the mind of Christ and seek Your will to be done, whatever the cost.