Skip to comments.Reassurance in the Midst of Trials
Posted on 05/18/2018 8:09:24 AM PDT by metmom
Beloved, 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 (1 Peter 4:12).
We can be certain of Gods love for us, no matter how unexpected or difficult any trial might be.
Reassuring words are vital as we strive to deal in a godly fashion with trials and sufferings in our Christian lives. In todays verse, Peter opens with a pastoral term (beloved) that conveys tenderness, love, and concern for his audience. It reinforces in a single word the concepts of fervent love for one another and love that covers sin (1 Peter 4:8). Such love is a welcome reality to lean on whenever anyone is undergoing suffering or persecution.
Trials can easily tempt us to be discouraged and doubt Gods love. That likely was happening to believers in Peters time. For example, the emperor Nero coated many, including children, in pitch and used them as human torches. With such cruel persecution going on, we can see why Peter wrote to fellow Christianswhich includes usto reassure them of Gods love.
Peters expression fiery ordeal, which can refer to many different types of difficulties, provides reassurance that troubles and trials come for a purpose. In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, fiery referred to a smelting furnace that refined metals of their foreign, unwanted elements. That process is pictured in verses such as Psalm 66:10, For Thou hast tried us, O God; Thou hast refined us as silver is refined. So fiery ordeal represents the various sufferings God allows in our lives to purify us.
Peter closes by assuring us that trials are not out of the ordinary, or some strange thing. We should not be surprised at them as if each was some bizarre occurrence, coming at us simply by chance. Trials, therefore, should be seen as part of life. They might catch us off guard at first, but we can confidently deal with them, knowing that Gods loving care for us never fails.
Suggestions for Prayer
Thank the Lord that no trial, no matter how unusual it seems at first, needs to catch you by surprise.
For Further Study
Jesus taught the disciples about the inevitability of sufferings, trials, and disappointments. What warnings did He give in John 1516? What major resource did He promise?
Studying God’s Word ping
Yes, there is a place for suffering, but there is also a place for relief. Here is the verse of “relief”.:
1Peter 5:10 - But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
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