God’s Purposes in Suffering

Posted: January 26, 2011 in bible, persecution, providence, quotes, suffering, theology

In 1 Peter 1:6, the Apostle Peter writes,

“In this [the Christian’s future hope in Christ] you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials…”

Commenting on Peter’s words, John Calvin writes,

“[Peter’s] purpose [in writing this] was to show that God does not thus try His people without reason, for if God afflicted us without a cause, it would be grievous to bear.  Hence Peter has taken an argument for consolation from the design of God, not because the purpose always appears to us, but because we ought to be fully persuaded that it ought to be so, because it is God’s will.” (quoted in Wayne Grudem’s commentary on 1 Peter in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, p. 62)

Peter gives us another gem in 1 Peter 4:19, where he writes,

“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”

Let us strive to entrust our souls to our faithful Creator in all of life’s circumstances, especially those that entail suffering.  In doing so, we are simply following in the footsteps of the great Savior, Jesus our Messiah, who also “entrusted himself” (1 Peter 2:23) to His Father in the midst of suffering purposed and designed by God Himself.  We have been called to no more.  But we have also been called to no less.

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