Suffering is an undeniable part of life in this world. Regardless of what we do, have, or say we will face it. Trials and suffering come to all men (Psalms 90: 10; John 16:33; 1 Corinthians 10:13). God does not promise to remove us from trials and suffering while we are in this world. Jesus prayed not that we be taken out of this world, but rather that God would protect us from the evil one while we are here.

Peter writes the early church and gives them perspective to face their current sufferings and those that are yet to come their way. One powerful thought Peter will give them is the provision given them by God’s great mercy. God’s great mercy has provided, is providing, and will provide them with the greatest of blessings. They have been born into a living hope. They are shielded by God’s power, and they await the final salvation that will be revealed in the last time.

God did not abandon them in their sins. He does not leave them to fight the battles of this life without His protection. God will not break His promise grant them the indestructible inheritance kept for them in heaven!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:3–9 NIV)

Jay Don