After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen * 1 Peter 5:10-11.
God is supreme. To Him be glory, praise, and preeminence. He knows best. The Almighty, in His infinite wisdom often uses our trials to help us grow in faith, holiness, and goodness (all keywords of 1 Peter). Suffering (the crux of 1 Peter) is often the wheel used by the Master Potter to transform us into the holy vessels we need to be.
Jesus, our example, was perfected for His mission to die for the sins of the world by the things He suffered. Thus we are made and molded into Christ’s image, in part, through our struggles * Hebrews 5:8-9; 1 John 3:1-2.
Benefits of trials
Trials “keep us on our knees:. Peter admonished the suffering saints that “ GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you * 1 Peter 5:5-7
Trials keep us on our toes. Peter further instructs. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour * 1 Peter 5:8
Trials should draw us together. Peter instructed the Elders/Shepherds/Overseers/Bishops/Pastures. These terms apply to the same group of faithful, experienced, and committed men. Who were to lead, care for, be examples too, and manage the church from pure hearts * 1 Peter 5:1-3. Everyone else was to submit to their leadership and to one another, working together until Jesus, The Chief Shepherd, appears * 1 Peter 5:4.
Trials help us resist the devil and build comradery with fellow saints. Peter said “ But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world * 1 Peter 5:9.
Trials ultimately enable us to stand fast. Through them, God perfects, confirms, strengthens, and establishes us through life’s troubles (persecution for the faith in context).
God The Father knows what He is doing when He allows us to suffer for our faith. He is the Master Potter and we are the clay made by His hands.
Jesus Christ, our true Shepard, set the course for us to follow and was faithful to the end.
Therefore trials viewed correctly and endured faithfully keep us humble, keep us watchful, keep us together, and keep us standing. They keep us looking to and depending on the Master Potter and the Chief Shepard. For God’s glory!!!
God bless you
Jerry Groves D.Min.
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