Saturday, January 23
Choose today to rest and reflect. Suffering is a non-negotiable when living on the planet earth. The only question is, what will it look like? Suffering can take many different forms, but no matter the fight, there is a strength the is available to the Christian that allows us to struggle well.
Here, Peter is addressing people who know what it means to suffer: they were going through incomprehensible grief. In the midst of that struggling, Peter calls them to be fearless and be ready to explain to anyone why they still hold on to hope (3:15). He was reminding them that regardless of their unimaginable pain, the truth of Christ was enough to let a glimmer of hope shine in their eyes. They were able to look at the challenges in their lives and, as they grew in love for God, maintain perspective. This may look different for you. It may not be religious persecution, but relational oppression, or financial despondency, or anxiety or depression. Regardless of the struggle, the answer is the same. Our fight must be met with the goodness of God and our dependence on Him. That is how we struggle well in this life.