1 Peter 4:12
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you, but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ`s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you suffer for my sake, you are blessed.”
I AM IN PAIN, BUT I AM BLESSED
In the midst of their troubles, Peter reminded these believers of what it means to belong to Jesus Christ.
A chosen generation, they were among the elect of God, chosen according to His foreknowledge and born again to a living hope.
God had called each one of them out of sin, to be part of His redeemed people.
So how can we count it all joy?
How can you say that I am blessed when I am in pain, when my spouse has left me, when my kids have turned their back on me, when I just lost my job, when money is funny and change is strange, when I am just not happy, after all God did say that He came so I can have life and have it Abundance.
God also told us that the world hated Him and because of Him they would hate you as well, but do not worry about your haters because they will soon be cut down and you will be standing.
Because you stood up for me, because you were not ashamed of me, I will not be ashamed of you.
God said do not think it`s strange that trouble will come your way when you say I do to Jesus.
He said just prepare yourself and keep your eye on the prize, your suffering will be worth it and while you are suffering if you just keep your mind on me I will keep you in perfect peace.
When I was young before the doctor gave you a shot, they would rub your arm with alcohol and say now get ready, then I would brace myself.
After the shot the doctor would give me piece of candy and somehow that would ease the pain.
God is saying trouble will come so brace yourself, I will not stop the trouble from coming but I will give you the strength to bear it.
I am made strong in your weakness and my Grace is all you need.
We must understand that the reason why God said do not think it`s strange is because He knows everything.
He sees everything so before the trouble came by your house, the trouble had to stop by God`s house and get permission before it came to your house, trouble had to ask Jesus can I.
Jesus would have to say yes or no, If Jesus said yes then by the time trouble got to you, God would have already got you prepared for the trouble.
God is the one that ask the devil have you considered by servant Job?
Job was in pain, he lost everything he was suffering because of Christ, nothing he had done.
Because he kept the faith God paid him with double blessings.
Turned his midnight into day.
Turned sorrow into joy.
God will do the same for you.
If you are a child of God, your suffering is not in vain.
God will give you beauty for your ashes.
Turn your mess into a message.
No matter who we are or what we do for a living, all of us are bound to face struggles in life.
When faced with setbacks people often tend to blame God for their circumstances.
Next time let us thank God because He said if we suffer for his sake we are blessed.