Remember those Allstate commercials, “life comes at you fast” and they show some tragic event to your home or car. The reason those commercials work is because it’s true. Life comes fast and furious, we are faced with trials & temptations of all kinds. Peter said this,
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. -(1 Peter 1:6-7)
In This Rejoice
Peter told his audience and he tells us to rejoice in this and the this he is referring to is the grace you have received through the death and ressurection of Jesus. He was explaining to them God’s great mercy toward those who believe and this is an overview,
- God has caused you be born again to a living hope
- He has taken a sinner and has made him an heir with and inheritance in heaven
- God guards and keeps you until Christ comes back.
Peter says when life comes at you fast rejoice in Christ past work and your present salvation.
Testing of Your Faith
Peter also reminds us that when life comes at us fast, it is not surprising or purposeless. Every situation that comes to our life, is first approved by God. Although the trial and temptation may surprise us, it is not a surprise to God. Although it may be tough, God uses every situation to test and mature us, to grow up in our salvation. So Peter says to focus on Christ past work and your present salvation and remember though it may get rough, God is using the trials and temptations to grow you up in your salvation.
Live Life With The End In Mind
Finally, Peter tells them us to live life now with the end in mind. Notice what he says, that the testing may result in praise, honor and glory, when, at the revelation of Jesus Christ. So when we are going through life and life comes at us fast Peter says live life with the end in mind. If you jump down a few lines Peter says,
set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:13
He is exhorting us to set our hope on future grace. The hope the Bible talks about isn’t a simple wish, like we use the word hope today. Biblical hope is the assurance that what God promises will come to pass. When God issues a promise you can take that check to the bank and cash it, it will happen. So when life comes at you fast remember Christ past work, your present salvation, God uses life’s situation to mature you and remember future grace and live life with the end in mind.
Until Next Time
Solo Deo Gloria