MONDAY 29TH MAY, 2017 READ – Day: 2 Pet 1; Night: 1 Sam 26-28
THEME: FIERY TRIALS
TEXT: 1 PETER 4: 12 – 19
HYMN: EMHB 736 – Shepherd Divine, our wants relieve
The first letter of Peter was written about AD 64 to a church that was surviving persecution from Roman Emperor Nero. The ancient historian, Tacitus, wrote: ‘In their deaths, these Christians were made a mockery. They were torn to death by dogs, crucified or set on fire so that when darkness fell they burned like torches in the night.” Therefore Peter wrote in Vs.12, ‘Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you’.
For Peter, fiery trials in the life of a Christian are normal and inevitable. Peter is saying: ‘Church, listen, these things do not happen to you accidentally, but God allows them for your testing, purging, cleansing, and betterment not only as a human being but also as a child of God’.
Peter also pointed out in vs. 13 that fiery trials can be joyous, ‘But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.’ No doubts, fiery trials are not enjoyable; rather the joy comes when we anticipate the end result, the glory that shall be ours when Christ shall appear.
Have you forgotten that the Saviour is coming? Peter is saying: ‘Whatever you are going through, have joy in the fact that when Christ shall appear, His glory shall be your glory, and you will be glad with exceeding joy’. May God give you the grace to see it as such.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”