“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
Ran across this passage in 1 Peter 4 this morning and it touched on the same topic as yesterday’s post, Joy in Trials. Here Peter says “Don’t be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes to test you.”
I take from that we should be expecting these things to happen. We shouldn’t be shocked by these things or surprised, we should be anticipating and preparing ourselves for these things. Being prepared is one of the smaller themes in 1 Peter.
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”1 Peter 1:13
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”1 Peter 3:15
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”1 Peter 5:8
We as believers in Christ must be ready, we must be ready to defend our faith, we must have our minds sober ready and prepared for action, we must be on our guard against attacks from the evil one and we must be prepared to suffer.
Again Peter links the concept of trials with joy, “…But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”
We must rejoice in our sufferings because it is allowing us to share in Christs sufferings. Christ suffered for us and Hebrews 12:2 said He did it with joy, it is only fitting for us as His followers to do the same.
Don’t be surprised. Don’t be caught off guard. Be ready, in season and out of season. Rejoice.
Grace and peace.