How To Survive a Fiery Ordeal in Zero Easy Steps (1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11)

Thank you to all who participated in worship this morning via Zoom. Joann Boswell opened our time with a poem by Peg Edera, reminding us that “silence is not empty.” Debbie Hagen and Jessica Maloney led us in singing about God’s faithfulness and God’s strengthening and re-creating presence among us. Judy Kaye led our time of prayer. Matt’s message explored the relevance of the apostle Peter’s words to the challenges we are all facing right now, listening especially to Peter’s calls to humility, discipline, and steadfast resistance.

1 Peter 4:12-14

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

1 Peter 5:6-11

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Queries:

What encouragement do I find in Peter’s words?

How does this text helpfully speak to our collective suffering? How does it speak to my own, unique, valid suffering?

How can humility, discipline, and resistance help me in this time?