The events of the recent history in our land have been pretty gloomy. Too much attention given to the news of these times can lead us into a defeatist attitude and rob us of our joy. We easily forget who we are and what we have. The events of the world cannot touch our true identity nor our eternal reward.
The Christians of Peter’s day had been scattered across the globe, and his first letter began by directing their attention beyond this world. God had given them a fresh start, “born again.” Too many yesterdays with their multitude of failures can crush us. Sin won too many battles. Guilt wears us down. The Lord provides us with a much needed “do-over.” The very One who brought us into this world makes us new. Twice-born humanity has an extraordinary journey awaiting them with an indescribable inheritance at the finish line.
There will always be hardships. That is an unfortunate part of living on this planet. Tribulations come to all, and Christians experience a double dose. The ordinary daily headaches will continue, and our holy principles will set us at odds with the culture. They experienced the conflicts in the first century, and so will we. It may raise questions in our minds about whether it is worth it or not.
Our faith secures the protection of an omnipotent God over our souls (1 Peter 1:5). Our bodies may ache. Our minds might suffer the slings and arrows of ridicule, but the One who can raise the dead has us in the palm of His hand. He knows who we are and what we are going through. No one can snatch us out of His grip. We may hurt for a moment, but the joy of heaven will never end.
Our salvation is secure as long as we maintain our trust in Him as we go through the trials. Our faith will be tested. Opposition will come. We must not be naïve about the challenges that are before us. The evil one has had a strangle-hold on the world since the Garden of Eden, and temptations perpetually bombard us. Both pleasure and pain sway us. Response to either leads away from the Lord and into the devil’s trap, and the surest way to defeat it is to look to God during the times of temptation. There is always a way out…always (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Christians, having been born again into the spiritual family of God, are the richest people in the world. No security firm on earth can protect us or our eternal reward as well as our Father does. We might experience some hardships in our bodies, but our souls are untouchable as long as we entrust them to the Lord. We love Him, rejoicing in the relationship that we have. This world is not our home. We’re just passing through.