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.
Paul said he longed to share the sufferings of Christ – me, not so much. Too honest? Sorry.
But Peter says, “don’t be surprised.” I mean we live in a broken down dilapidated house of a world and suffering rains down like chunks of plaster from the ceiling. It is all we can do to duck and weave and bob. Christian or not, no one escapes.
Fiery trials are to test you. (And no, actually thank God, there is not a #optout because I would take it.) I recall mentioning God has a purpose in suffering. Trials are meant to purify and strengthen us.
For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
…we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance
And there is to be rejoicing – I know it’s the long view and maybe not easy to see now. Maybe we are still in the first 6 laps around Jericho but there will be a 7th lap. He will bring us through and out and rejoicing when His glory is revealed.
Lord, I am counting on you revealing your glory and until you do, in each individual situation, help me to keep believing.