Thought for the Day #213

 

PASSING THE TEST

 

 

1 Peter 4:12-13    New American Standard Bible

 

12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

 

Life brings many tests and the trials to us all.  We often face things for which we are unprepared. Surprises constantly confront us.  Sometimes they are pleasant but most often they are difficult to handle and painful to bear.  As a result, we often feel bewildered and unfairly treated. The question: “What did I do to deserve this?” often invades our thinking. 

 

Many Christians have been taught that they have sinned or failed God in some way if they face trials and difficulties.  Others sometimes question their faith or commitment to the Lord.  Generally, in most cases, these situations and accusations are totally untrue. 

 

Jesus’ suffering went far beyond our ability to understand. He paid and endured the judgment for our sinful condition.  He was tested and tried in every way that we are today.  He experienced physical suffering and emotional pain; he was tortured and beaten for our healing.  Jesus freely spilled his blood at the cross of Calvary that we might have eternal life. 

 

Most of our trials and sufferings are because we identify with Jesus as redeemed Christians.  Persecutions and tribulations are common fare for the believer. We should not be surprised when difficulties come our way.  We are at war with evil forces of darkness who crucified our Lord.  They are determined to discourage all who serve him.

 

Every soldier endures hardship.  Most consider it a privilege to do battle for the ideals and principles that we enjoy. It is an honor and obligation to serve. So it is for the believer who has joined himself to Jesus Christ through repentance and water baptism for the remission of sin.

 

We should rejoice that we’re counted worthy to identify with him in our sufferings. What an honor to do warfare in the Kingdom of God. Let us boldly endure the hardships and sufferings brought upon us because of our union with Jesus.

 

Surely, we shall rejoice to have been counted worthy to suffer with Him. We will consider the trials of this life as nothing when we see him face to face. We have victory over the law of sin and death. No power can conquer us; we have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

 

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I must admit that I have been discouraged and sometimes defeated because of the difficulties I face. Help me to remember what my Lord suffered, that I might enjoy eternal life and redemption. I want to be counted worthy to suffer with him. Forgive me for complaining. Teach me to expect the enemies attack. I want to face it courageously because I know that you always bring victory. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, your only begotten Son. Amen.