“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13).
Have you ever read something that was written by a person who knew little or nothing of what he was writing? Nearly forty –four years ago we received a document with discipline suggestions for foster parents. Karen and I just looked at each other and said, “You’ve got to be kidding me!” The author of the document wrote, “If your foster child is having a temper tantrum, hand him a hammer to pound out his frustrations.” I can assure you that of the many foster children that came through our home, we had our fair share of temper tantrums and NEVER did we give that child a hammer! We know the author meant well, but we did wonder if she ever had an angry child in her home! On the other hand, let me assure you that Peter knew about fiery trials. He knew about Christ’s sufferings. He knew about Christ’s glory. The Lord revealed to him that the best is yet ahead. Peter gives to every believer who is experiencing difficulties (which sooner or later is every believer!) the wonderful news that the Lord Jesus cares about us and the best is yet to be.
For today: Bring all your hurts, disappointments, and frustrations to the Lord Jesus. He truly cares and wants to help you.