May 16, 2015

An Unlikely Relationship

There is a relationship that seems almost contradictory.  It is the relationship between suffering and glory. If I suffer, how can I subsequently see glory?  Only God makes it possible.

1 peter is a book about suffering.  It clearly demonstrates to us who believe, that when we suffer it is not for nothing.  Our suffering has a purpose.  

Though suffering is not what we would call enjoyable, we can rejoice through it because of what the end result will be.  1 Peter 1:7 tells us that through our suffering we will see the glory revealed in the end.  Though the suffering lasts a little while, God’s glory will be revealed through it when all is said and done.  

We must realize the sufferings we endure here on earth help us to identify with Christ.  He suffered during His stay here and in our suffering we can recognize what He went through.  Though we do not want to suffer, we want to be like Christ; suffering helps us to do just that.

Our faith is a gift given to us by God.  And through the suffering that we endure, we are given the chance for our faith to be proven.  1 Peter 1:6-7 reminds us that our faith is what will reveal the glory of God.  And isn’t that what we want the most: God’s glory to be shown?  Through the suffering we endure, God may be glorified and made known.  And ultimately that is what it is all about anyway.

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