1 & 2 Peter Bible Study: Week 1 – {Tuesday}

So, how are we all doing? Have you found the materials you need? The study guide and the reading plan?

Here’s what we are looking at today:

Read 1 Peter 1:6-12

S – 1 Peter 1:6-7: In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.

O – With our inheritance sure, we have reason to greatly rejoice; it is in this Peter encourages us to take comfort in and find joy in – keeping our eyes on our inheritance that cannot be spoiled and will not perish. But then, what of the troubles of this world that plague us? For one, we can look past the problems of this world, knowing our eternity is secure. But also, we can find God in them – He is still at work in our times of trouble. There is nothing that will befall us that God cannot use for our good and for His glory.

A – I find this so challenging – how often do we WANT to live in trouble and strife? When we realise that God has a greater purpose than we can see in our own sufferings, then we can lift our eyes off the problem and on to the One who can use those circumstances. God is not accidental in how He treats us, we do not face difficulty because He didn’t keep His eye on the ball when it came our way. Rather, we have a God who is far greater than our greatest problem and can use all our circumstances in ways we could never imagine.

P – Lord, thank you for your great love. Thank you for what you have so freely given us. Help us to be able to look past our circumstances and to the inheritance you have promised, but also to be able to see you at work in the trials we face. Help us to grow and change and be strengthened in the hard times. Amen.

Grace and Love

Helen x

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