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Your good and his glory

'If you suffer for doing good and...endure...this is commendable before God.' 1 Peter 2:20 NIV

Many people we admire in Scripture were unfairly treated. For example, Daniel was thrown to the lions and Joseph was put in prison. The Bible says: 'If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable...To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps' (1 Peter 2:20-21 NIV).

We're 'called' to overcome difficulties. Everything we go through prepares us to serve our heavenly Father more effectively. Paul said, 'At my first hearing no one stood up in my defense...However, the Lord stood by me and gave me strength so that I could finish spreading the Good News' (2 Timothy 4:16-17 GWT). Paul didn't see it as enduring; he saw it as advancing.

When we face difficult circumstances we can feel encouraged that we're growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord (see 2 Peter 3:18). It's important to remember that God's not the source of our pain and that, with his strength, we can grow through it and he'll be glorified through it. He can turn any situation we face into something good. Romans 8:28 says: 'In all things God works for the good of those who love him' (NIV). So, whether God takes us out of the situation or brings us through it, we can trust he's working for our good and his glory.

So what now? If you're in a tough situation, write out 'God's working for my good and his glory', and read it each time you're struggling to trust him.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 12:23-40, 1 Chr 13, 1 Chr 14, 1 Chr 15:1-15:29, John 9:1-12, Ps 68, Pro 25:21-22

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