“Dark clouds bring waters, when the bright bring none. It is always hard to see the purpose in wilderness wanderings until after they are over.
(Excerpts from The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan)
As we live out our new identity as God’s children, it will naturally result in us feeling increasingly out of place here in this world. Peter’s letter to 1st century Christians assures us of two things:
1-The reality of suffering.
2 -The promise of God’s redemptive purposes and Christ’s sufficiency.
God has placed us in this time and this place as part of his redemptive plan and purpose. Nothing is random chance — including the trials that we encounter. May we trust God’s goodness in all circumstances and may we “set [our] hope fully on the grace that will be brought to [us] at the revelation Jesus Christ.”