“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials” 1 Pet. 1:6.
Last week I wrote on ‘Praising God in the midst of our storms’ as part of allowing our adversities to prepare us for eternity?’ We praise God because He is our Father, because we have a glorious inheritance and also because we are being kept in our storms.
This week my attempt is to deal with understanding our storms, again for better preparation for our eternity.
1. STORMS WILL BE VARIED:
There will be manifold kinds of storms against us. They take the form of sorrow, accidents, illness, rejection, depression, financial difficulties and failures.
They could come through enemies, friends, family members, circumstances and losses.
So do not be puzzled, by the variety of storms that rise against you.
2. STORMS WILL BE HARD TO BEAR (Distressing):
Adversity is hard to take – for Peter’s readers it meant persecution, ridicule, stoning, beating, imprisonment, death and loss of everything. All for their faith.
For us today, it could come in a different form but still are hard to bear.
3. YET, STORMS CAN BE BORNE OR WITHSTOOD:
a. Because storms are only momentary: Still we can withstand the onslaughts of the storms, for they are only temporary (for a season). Afflictions are only momentary (it occupies only a fraction of our time) in view of eternity. Otherwise who can bear it?
b. Because storms can produce Christian joy: You start viewing it from God’s perspective. “Weeping May endure in the night; but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5).
Therefore , my dear ICANJ Family, “… prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13).