3rd July 2020
the struggles we face are temporary
Todays scripture starts with the last word of Peter's first letter, Chapter 1:4,
so that we can be aware of who it is talking about, and goes on to verse 6.
' .... you,
5 who through faith are shielded by God's power
until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In all this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
If we look at verse 6 we see the phrase,
'for a little while'. I like this phrase,
it literally means a season;
it tells me that the season will end,
it does not go on for ever.
Every season ends; Winter ends heralding in Spring;
Spring ends giving way to Summer; Summer ends yielding to Autumn.
Every season has a beginning and an end;
and so the cycle of life goes on.
Peter encourages us to see that the struggles we face are temporary,
something that lasts only for a while.
If you are struggling now,
not sure how you are going to carry on, take heart,
it will not be forever, but that season will come to an end.
One of the most important things we need to do when faced with struggles
is to continue to trust in God in the mist of it all.
No matter how difficult things get we must not unplug our faith
but keep trusting in God and his promises.
Verse 5 says
'through faith we are shielded faith by God's power'.
When we keep our faith plugged in we are then kept by God's power.
The word 'keep' means to preserve, to protect, to guard.
When we are going through a time of trial God will be with us
and protect us through his power when we trust in him.
Even when we are struggling,
when we have confidence that we will be protected by God's presence and protection,
and in the knowledge that the struggle will not go on indefinitely,
'we can rejoice'
Now that may sound absurd but,
by keeping a positive attitude
and finding a sense of the ridiculous in the midst of chaos
the effort of living becomes much easier.
If we keep our sense of humour, whatever we are going through
will not rob us of our joy of living.
We can give thanks for what God has done, and is doing, for us.