“Blessed be the God and Father of The Lord Jesus Christ, who according to the riches of His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the righteousness of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefined and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God through faith, for salvation ready to be revealed at the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes though it be tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see. Him, yet believing, you receive with joy inexpressible, and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9
Having written and lost two columns in an attempt to post here today, I stopped and prayed asking for direction. Although the previous columns were timely addressing the necessity of teaching those who look up to us to be responsible not only in word but deed, it apparently wasn’t the desired theme for today. Instead I feel the need to encourage the believer to remain steadfast in your journey.
We live in tremendously tumultuous time. The news regularly reports incidents of our inability to treat one another well. Whether it’s businesses having to lock their doors so rowdy students won’t invade and create chaos with fights after school, or a brawl at a football game, or the threat of terrorists carrying out their crimes, the news is rarely good.
Our selfish, sinful nature is on display and there is a desperate need for good news.
Thank God for the good news of Jesus Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to remain faithful even in the face of adversity. Praise The Lord for His faithfulness to His children and the provision He has already given so we can live victoriously in this world, and for the promise of better things to come in the next, with a guarantee of fulfillment.
Take a look around you and see His hand at work. Ask Him to show you who you need to share the good news of Jesus with, and then trust Him for the answer. Speak the truth in love to everyone you meet. Be the vessel of grace and truth He designed you to be. Above all things “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” (1 Peter 5:6-9)
“May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter5:10-13)