1 Peter 1:1-2 - “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.”
“We aren’t just thrown on earth like dice tossed across a table. We are sovereignly and lovingly placed here for a purpose, having been chosen by God. His choosing us was according to His foreknowledge, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that we may obey Jesus Christ, having been sprinkled by His Blood...God has given us a purpose for our existence, a reason to go on, even though that existence includes tough times. Living through suffering, we become sanctified – set apart for the glory of God. We gain perspective. We grow deeper. We grow up!” (Chuck Swindoll)
God never wastes our trials and our moments of pain.
Six reasons why we can make it through our trials:
We have a living hope
1 Peter 1:3 - “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...”
We have an eternal inheritance
1 Peter 1:4 - “...to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you...”
- Imperishable - nothing can ruin it.
- Undefiled - nothing can stain or cheapen it.
- Unfading - nothing can wear it out nor can it disappoint us.
- Kept in heaven for you - reserved just for you.
We have a spiritual guardian
1 Peter 1:5 - “...who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
We have a developing faith
1 Peter 1:6-7 - “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
- Trials are necessary
- Trials come in various forms
1 Peter 4:10 - “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (NIV)
- Trials are extremely difficult
- Trials are controlled by God
“When God permits us to go through trials, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat. If we rebel, He may have to reset the clock; but if we submit, He will not allow us to suffer one minute too long. The important thing is that we learn what He is trying to teach us.” (Warren Wiersbe)
We have an unseen Savior
1 Peter 1:8 - “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory...”
We have guaranteed deliverance
1 Peter 1:9 - “...obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 5:10 - “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”