“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” – 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)
When the going gets tough… commit yourself to God.
It is not unusual for a Christian to experience persecution or hard times following a time of rededication or after making some new commitments to the Lord. While the Lord is smiling about any commitment we make to Him, our adversary (Satan) is not, and may begin to work against us in ways that make life tough.
There is a suffering that we bring on ourselves because of sinful choices, but there is also a suffering that comes because of our holy choices. It is the holy suffering that God is talking about in today’s passage.
Are you currently experiencing hard times? Have you taken the time to assess what brought them on? If your suffering is because of sinful choices from your past, your suffering should be an encouragement to repent, ask God’s forgiveness and begin to act in accordance with God’s will. If your suffering is because of your faith commitments to God, your suffering should be an encouragement to press on; commit who you are and what you are doing to God, and keep on keeping on.
If you are doing what God wants you to do, Satan wants to make life tough so you will quit. Keep the smile on God’s face and a frown on Satan’s by not quitting on your commitments to God.