God is God. That means He knows what He is doing even if I don’t get it. His answer is the right answer. His timing is the right timing. He is God.
My job is give all my difficulties to Him and trust Him. He cares about me in ways I can’t understand. God can do anything He wants to. He is in a good mood and wants the best for us. This is obsession every day. What is in our best interest is God’s every desire.
God’s goal for is for us to trust Him. God doesn’t want to be anxious or live in fear.
Yep, He is God and He isn’t going to stop being God. May I live my life that way.
15 Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler. 16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the good news of God? Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (1 Pe 4:15–17). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Note the words that Peter used to describe the lost: “those who disobey the good news of God” The argument of this verse is clear: If God sends a “fiery trial” to His own children, and they are saved “with difficulty,” what will happen to lost sinners when God’s fiery judgment falls?
When a believer suffers, he experiences glory and knows that there will be greater glory in the future. But a sinner who causes that suffering is only filling up the measure of God’s wrath more and more (Matt. 23:29–33). Instead of being concerned only about ourselves, we need to be concerned about the lost sinners around us. Our present “fiery trial” is nothing compared with the “flaming fire” that shall punish the lost when Jesus returns in judgment. The idea is expressed in Proverbs 11:31—“If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!” (NIV)
The phrase scarcely be saved means “saved with difficulty,” but it does not suggest that God is too weak to save us. The reference is probably to Genesis 19:15–26, when God sought to rescue Lot from Sodom before the city was destroyed. God was able—but Lot was unwilling! He lingered, argued with the angels, and finally had to be taken by the hand and dragged out of the city! Lot was “saved as by fire” and everything he lived for went up in smoke (see 1 Cor. 3:9–15).
Times of persecution are times of opportunity for a loving witness to those who persecute us. It was not the earthquake that brought that Philippian jailer to the Messiah, because that frightened him into almost committing suicide! No, it was Paul’s loving concern for him that brought the jailer to faith in Jesus. As disciples of Jesus, we do not seek for vengeance on those who have hurt us. Rather, we pray for them and seek to lead them to Jesus the Messiah.