Ezekiel 44:1-45:12; 1 Peter 1:1-12; Psalm 119:17-32; Proverbs 28:8-10
A Praise Test
Peter’s letter was written to an audience that was confused and discouraged by the persecution they were encountering because of their faith. It was evident that faith was present and that it was being lived out in the lives of these believers because they were paying the price for standing strong in the midst of those who disagreed. Notice in verses 6-7 that Peter actually encourages them to rejoice in the various trials, but the more important thing to see is why they should rejoice. Rejoice because the testing of your faith may prove it (your faith) to be more precious than gold and results in praise and glory and honor in Jesus Christ.
The reality is that we all have trials and hardships and that will never go away in this life, but Peter’s encouragement is to look to future glory. Because of that we can and should rejoice in the here and now. When we do this, Jesus Himself receives the glory and honor due His name.
What are you struggling with at the moment? What trial is trying to push you down and take the joy from you that would result in praise if you did not allow it to defeat you?
Lord, give me the focus today to bring you honor, glory, and praise through any circumstance that may come my way. AMEN.
The Rev. Wes Sharp
Holy Cross Episcopal Church