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More on Suffering

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Suffering is not a topic we like to think or talk about, but it is part of the normal Christian life. I’ve been reminded about this truth​ through my last 26 days spent reflecting on 1 Peter. Today I spent some time reflecting on this passage:

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1 Pt. 4:12-19)

Take a few minutes to ponder this passage.

  1. What is your perspective on suffering?
  2. How have you responded to suffering for Christ in the past?
  3. What is the Lord teaching you through this passage?

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Picture of a Servant of the Most High

“I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was
revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion
of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. So I gave my
attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with
fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and
said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and
loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have
sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside
from Your commandments and ordinances. “Moreover, we have not listened to
Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our
princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.” (Dan. 9:2b-6)

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Daniel was the one leader in whom his adversaries could not find fault.
Daniel was a righteous and godly man. Yet he was so burdened by His
people’s plight that he confessed their sins, fasted on their behalf, and
paid a high cost in his personal comfort to intercede on their behalf.

Daniel is a picture of what servants of the Most High are like. They
willingly sacrifice for the sake of others well being and for His Kingdom
purposes.

May many of us who read this seek to be like Daniel.

By His grace,
Stacy