“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed” (1 Peter 5:1)
There are the cadre of those who suffer along with Christ. He has led the way. Count your sufferings for Christ as a blessing knowing that He who is in You is greater than the ones who bring the suffering. Look to the glory to be revealed and know that the One who has spoken all things into existence will accomplish all that He has promised. He is the Alpha and Omega and all things already are according to His will.
Let me not be deceived by this world O Lord. Guide me in Your goodness to know that in You is all hope and a future. When I am reviled for Your name’s sake, let me not forget that You suffered first for us all. Lord, I may not understand these things, but I do hear Your promises. Guide me Lord so that I may now and always look to You, the One in whom there is all hope.
Lord Jesus, You headed intentionally to the cross. Lead me in whatever direction You know I need to go. Guide me in Your goodness and mercy to walk humbly and boldly through all of the trials that will come my way knowing that my life is in You. Grant that I may be a fellow witness of Your sufferings as I live intentionally in the hope You give me through faith. Amen.