The Attitude the Trumps Trials

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” (v 10)

Some Thoughts…

   As Peter comes to the end of his letter, he again returns to the thoughts of our temporary sufferings as followers of Jesus.  As I read these verses I find three Christ-centered attitudes that can carry us through the hard spots and the injustices of life.  Here they are as I see them:

1) A humble attitude of servant-hearted-submissiveness that serves others while all the while trusting God to take care of unmet needs and injustices beyond our control (v 5-7). “Christian humility is realism that recognizes grace.”  (Clowney – p 209)  (I Corinthians 4:7; Matthew 23:12; Luke1:52;  Luke 18:9)

2) A sober attitude of self-control and wide awake alertness that resists the intimidating powers of evil that Satan springs on us; an attitude that chooses to stand by faith in stark contrast to the social norm, realizing God is who we put trust in. And in our sobriety of living we realize we are not alone; there are many faithful brothers and sisters – we are defiantly not alone in the fight!  (v8-9);  (James 4:6-10)

3) A confident attitude of hopefulness in the God who restores us; who makes us whole again; who makes us strong in our weakness who makes our feet firm and steadfast while we are “blessed” to endure “suffering for a little while.” (v 10-11); (Ephesians 3:16-19)

A Prayer…

Father, let my attitude be the same as my Savior, Jesus.