How do you handle suffering?
Therefore, let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:19
First Peter 4 has a lot to say to us when we find ourselves in the midst of suffering. When you encounter suffering, what’s your first reaction? Here’s what it ought to be:
First, you are to rejoice in what God is allowing to happen. “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:13).
Second, you need to review your life. Peter continues: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). If God is going to clean house, He will start first with those who are already His. Look within and ask: “Am I suffering because of something I’ve done?” If the Holy Spirit convicts you that your suffering is a result of your sin, then you need to repent.
Third, when you review your life and discover that your suffering is for the cause of Christ, then simply rely on Him. “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:19). It is not your problem. It is His problem.
Peter uses the word “commit” (v. 19). That’s a banking term meaning to deposit something of value with someone else to keep it safe. Make your deposit to the One who can truly keep it safe. He will take care of you. You can bank on it.
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