Good Morning, Lovelies!
I trust that all of you are sitting as groggily as I am as we transition our bodies to the changed time. It is quite difficult to rise before the sun, but it's definitely worth it to have more light at night. At least, that's my take on it.
This weekend, I spent a large amount of time studying 1 Peter 5. We're discussing this chapter in Bible Study tomorrow, and I always desire to give the Lord ample time to work over my heart before I put in my two cents. Rarely, do I come out with the same ideas with which I start.
As I got to the last section, Peter's final remarks, I read the all-too-familiar words of verse 12, "My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God's grace for you. Stand firm in this grace."
Quite often, people approach me and ask, "How are you not bitter toward God for causing you so much suffering?"
You know, God has protected my mind. He has given me the grace to trust Him, even when it doesn't make sense, and even when others don't trust Him. That's Him, not me.
Certainly, my human flesh should be crying out, "How can you do this to me? What did I do to deserve all this suffering?"
And, you know what? I did a whole lot. I sinned a whole lot. I deserve this much suffering and more. In fact, I deserve death. There is no good in me, if not for the grace of God. Because of His suffering, I can live. I understand that better now than I ever have.
Luckily, God gives us encouragement in His Word about the suffering that we are certain to endure. He says, "This is my grace for you. Stand firm in it."
In other words, in spite of the fact that we deserve death, God gives us grace on which to stand.
So, next time your tempted to ask, "Why me? What did I do?", change your thinking to, "Why not me? Look at what Christ did."