1 PETER – UPLIFTING IN TESTING TIMES

1 Peter 5
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While governments are now responding better to the Coronavirus pandemic, many individuals and families are still hurting; many have lost loved ones, jobs, and peace of mind. My wife and I have to work on the challenge of staying mentally healthy everyday; homeschooling our young kids has been real tough!

My go to place for strength in the last month has been First Peter. I have learnt that testing times for Christians will involve a test of faith if it is sincere and genuine.  Peter elevated my thinking, showing me that even in testing times, I remain a part of God’s kingdom masterplan; and in response I should put my best foot forward in my relationships with government, employers, family, and everyone else.

Peter, writing to suffering Christians, explains how Jesus handled suffering with a tenderheart, and a focus on his godly mission, such that even in death, Jesus went on preaching, to the spirits who were in prison; in response, Jesus has been lifted up to a place of supreme authority. We too, as we stay with God, and call on him for strength during this coronatimes, he will respond with grace and mercy.

At the end of the letter, Peter says in 1 Peter 5:5b-6 (The Living Bible): “And all of you serve each other with humble spirits, for God gives special blessings to those who are humble, but sets himself against those who are proud. If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up.” 

We should be humble in testing times; Peter states clearly “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up”. Humility is the key to divine uplifting in our lives even in testing times. In this coronatimes, lets not be hasty, angry, bitter with God; let’s stay humble and God will lift us up!

Dear God, thank you for Peter’s wise counsel; let this counsel make a difference in my life in this coronatimes, Amen!

 

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