By Kesny St Louis
Peter wants us to prepare to suffer so we won’t be “surprised” by it (1 Peter 4:12). Suffering exists, but our salvation is more real. Two realities, yet one is greater than the other. Pain is real, but it’s nothing compared to our glorification. Peter goes on to do the same thing (1 Peter 5:10). Scripture not only gives us the reality of suffering in hardship in this present world, but it also provides us with some guidance on how to respond to those hardships and trials (1 Peter 4:13). We are to rejoice. God carries you where you cannot cross. He is with you even more because as 1 Peter 4:13 says, you are sharing Christ’s suffering; because of this you can rejoice. Any suffering can become meaningful by becoming Christ’s suffering. This means you must face suffering with the right attitude…. according to God’s will 1 Peter 4:19). We need to leave revenge to God (Psalms 141:3-4).
God comforts his people when they are suffering. He will walk through the fire with you to restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (1 Peter 5:10). Suffering throughout Scripture is always treated in light of the redemption history. No glory without suffering. We are to follow Christ model of suffering and prepare not to be surprised by it.