But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”
1 Peter 3:14
Finding blessing in suffering seems impossible, but it’s not until you suffer that you realize the blessing you have in front of you.
You read this verse, and I am sure the first thing you think about is a human threatening you. You read the words, do not fear their threats. And you associate them with people.
The truth is “there” could be things, situations, ideas, memories that could provoke threats in your life. Example 1 – you could be someone who has been single for years and years, and that state of singleness will start to speak to you. It will convince you that your faith is worthless, God doesn’t hear you, and you are going to live a life alone. The problem with that is that when we give in to the threats and the fears, we lose the blessing.
The blessing comes when we stand up for what is right. In this case, it’s the belief that the father we serve is one who blesses, restores, and loves his children. If he hasn’t given it to us, it’s because it’s not the right time, and we need to trust in that.
I encourage us to look for things that yell at us all day. There are people, places, and memories that remind us of our lack; they try to convince us that what we have now is not good enough, that we’re not good enough.
I want us to stand for what is right. Our belief in God is right. Spreading his love to those around us is right. Reading and learning more about him is right. Praying every day is right. Loving on strangers is the right thing to do. There is a blessing when we do that. There is a blessing as we walk deeper in our relationship with Him.
Father God, we thank you for our individual and collective relationships with you. Lord, you are so big, yet so personal. We take a moment and remember your glory, your wonder, and we remember how we are doing the right thing by standing behind you, Jesus. We love you so much it is in Your Holy Name that we pray, AMEN!