But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14
Let’s be very clear…God never promises that we won’t suffer. Even those who do the right thing will suffer and, worse yet, the suffering may be a direct result of doing the right thing! Something in us wants to scream, “That’s not fair!” Well, sadly, life in a fallen world is not fair. However, suffering is different for those who are followers of Jesus. Even in the inevitable suffering that life can bring, we are blessed. We’re not alone. Suffering will not have the final word. Where there is death, Christ brings resurrection! Instead of being afraid, we are invited to be hopeful because God is working all things together for our good (Rom.8:28)! This hardship may be the very thing God uses to bring about the abundant life He promised! Don’t be afraid, you are blessed!
For Reflection: How do you respond to suffering? Think back on a time of suffering. Try to list 3 blessings that emerged from the hardship. (Think relationships, lessons, and opportunities.)
Lord, I thank you that I am not alone. You never promised that I wouldn’t suffer, but you promised to be with me. You even said that you would bless me in the midst of the suffering. I trust you in that, and I declare that I am not afraid. Help me to walk in the fearlessness of Your presence.