Hi, God’s word for me today is in 1 Peter 4:19 which says,
“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”
Peter is saying that those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator, God. Peter is saying that we should commit ourselves to God, and that we should continue to do good. But why would people suffer according to God’s will? It doesn’t seem right that God would want someone to suffer, but think about it this way: Jesus (God and God’s son) came down from heaven to die for our sins or to suffer for us so that we could live, and now we should suffer for Him. We should want to suffer for Him. But what exactly does suffering mean? Well for Peter it meant that, along with other things, He would die upside down on a cross. For Paul it meant being beaten very many times and put in prison, along with being shipwrecked. But for us as Christians it can mean anything, as a Christians (if we give out the Gospel) we will probably be mocked and some people are put in prison, but it is all for Christ.
Now that we have that established we can look at why anyone would want to suffer for Christ. Jesus came down from heaven to die for our sins so that we could live. We were going to die in our sins and there was no way out, but Jesus came down from heaven and died a criminals death on a cross. He actually came down from heaven to die for our sins, that is why we love Him and suffer for Him. Jesus suffered so much for us by taking our sins and God’s wrath on Him at the cross, what we might go through as a Christian is nothing compared to Him.
Jesus died for our sins so that we could live, we should accept Him as our savior. If we don’t then we are still dead in our sins, if we don’t then we still have our guilt and shame on us. But if we do accept Him as our savior then we are alive in Him and we are free of guilt and shame. Thank You Jesus for dying for us. We should accept Him as our savior so that we can live.
Peter’s exhortation in this verse seems pretty clear. We should commit ourselves to God, our faithful Creator. We should devote ourselves to Him, Peter says that those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to God. Isn’t that just like Abraham? God planned for Abraham to suffer by having to take his son to a mountain, were he would have to sacrifice him as an offering to the Lord. Abraham had to suffer the thought of killing his own son, but Abraham still committed himself to God. Abraham did receive his son back, but God only stopped Abraham from killing his son when He (God) knew that Abraham was committed to Him (God). We should be like Abraham, not by killing others but by committing ourselves to God even if we have to suffer.
Thank You Jesus for coming down from heaven and suffering all of our sins and God’s wrath on yourself on the cross so that we could live. Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins on a criminals cross. Thank You Jesus for, on the third day, rising from the grave and ascending into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Thank You Jesus for all that You have done for us, please help us to be committed to You.
Are you trusting in Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.