Do Not Be Surprised…

Do Not Be Surprised…

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” 1 Peter 4:12-14

As I read this scripture I am reminded why things don’t seem to go the way I’d like them to go in my life. Peter informs us, as followers of Christ, to not be surprised at the painful trials we suffer in this world. Unfortunately, every time I suffer, I am nothing but surprised. However,  what is comforting about this passage of scripture is Peter’s greeting, for he calls us whom believe– friends. Many people who have friend’s tend to allow their fondness for one another delay or omit the truth. So, the suffering has an opportunity to continue when iron doesn’t seem to sharpen iron in many friendships.

To our surprise, Peter does something quite different here and though the truth, which is about to be revealed, will ruffle our feathers Peter tells us anyway. The devotion and loyalty of a good friend will tell you the truth, in love, out of concern or at the very least with the desire and hope to ease the pain. Rest assured that this truth Peter speaks of is not to harm us, but to help us face and understand the battles we encounter in a world full of those whom continue to reject Jesus-the capstone. The fact is, Christ came to take on his shoulders the sins of the world and those that follow Him must do the same. The heartache one feels when carrying their cross on their own road called Calvary and the spiritual warfare one goes through when choosing to dwell under the wings of the Almighty God is indeed painful. It is the enemy who wants you to suffer for that choice not God therefore, as Peter instructs, do not be surprised…

But praise God, because in Peter clarifying the truth he also asks us to rejoice for the sufferings we will endure on our Christian walk. Peter says rejoice when you are in awe of Jesus as you strive, daily, while walking out His will for your life– even though no one else around you seems to be doing the same. Rejoice when you feel isolated due to few people understanding your personal walk with God. Rejoice that you are the only person being honest on that business deal. Rejoice when people are against you, because you don’t want to engage in gossip at the work place. Rejoice when you’d rather go to bible study then to the corner bar. Rejoice when you decide to wait to have sex until you are married. Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice because  you are blessed! Know that the spirit of glory and of God- rests- on-you!

The pain we feel now will not compare to the joy we will feel later when He comes to take us home. Therefore, keep going, keep hoping and keep meditating on His promises. Serving God is worth every tear and struggle so, Rejoice my dear friends, for you will see the glory that shall be revealed…

 

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D. C. Lassiter is host of the Dovetales radio show and author of Beyond the Face of the Movies, a non-fiction, Christian Living book. You can find D.C. Lassiter on her online blog and on Facebook page.

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