Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3
Peter was writing to a group of believers who were being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. They were facing rejection and severe hatred from the world around them. So Peter began his letter encouraging them to endure the difficult times that they will face in this world.
Perhaps one of the best solutions of how to deal with difficult living is to look toward our heavenly future. This serves not only as encouragement but as a promise from God. Troubles in this life are temporary and small compared to eternity in Heaven.
We all need to be reminded from time to time that we will suffer trials in order to build stronger faith. So we need to view our suffering and trials as good things and keep glorifying God through it all.
In the Old Testament, Job is one of the best examples of suffering as he kept on praising and worshipping God. He never lost faith and he never stopped worshipping God.
Suffering should never direct you away from worshipping God. Instead it should draw you to Him.
As Christians our inheritance is Heaven. All of Heaven! As children of God we are given eternal life that is free from sin and full of grace.
It is hard for us to comprehend what life in Heaven will be like but Paul says it best, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Lord, show me what I need to learn through my sufferings. Let my trials and difficulties bring me closer to You. Help me to see a heavenly perspective.