♣ Continue to Entrust
“For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him Who judges justly” – 1 Peter 2:19-23
THE PARTICULAR ASPECT I draw attention to in the above quotation is the last verse, “…but continued entrusting Himself to Him Who judges justly” – continue to entrust yourself to Him Who is sovereign overall affairs, seen and unseen.
We live in a day where it is almost impossible to distinguish authentic Christianity from a form of godliness that lacks the hallmark of New Testament power. The early Church suffered unjustly; much of what makes up the Church today would engage in prolific lawsuits had it existed in such an era. There are many of us that would lean toward the law of the land before seeking the face of God; some who would use ‘justifiable’ laws that contravene the ways of God – “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16) – and are we not living in such a time where some laws only serve evil purposes rather than for good?
It is easy to reflect the ways of Christ to those who are lovable, but equally challenging to those who are hateful. Just because we may abstain from the obvious sins of the world (Galatians 5:19-21) doesn’t necessarily entail we are unworldly; it is one of the most noblest acts to love those who deserve it – and the world is full of such people, which is nothing more than works of the flesh and self-righteousness. The work of the Spirit, however, is when our flesh is subdued from retaliating and instead we react in a way that makes heaven stand still; love poured out on an enemy is the noblest Christian grace that has the angelic realm longing to peer into such wonder and is a beautiful sacrifice in the eyes of God.
Have we not all fallen short in this area? Do we not find it excruciatingly difficult at times to love those who are mean-spirited and cause us the most pain? Have we not felt like administering ‘justice’ to some folk while gearing up to repent afterwards? I’ll be the first one to put my hand up. Some acts would have been plausible, in the eyes of the world, but grieving in the sight of God; a success by the world’s standards but a complete failure when measured by the ways of God; impressive to the world while impressing (instilling) ways that are antichrist.
“And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Length of time wearies when there is no letup, especially when we see the unjust prospering in their way while the righteous meet with many troubles. “In due season” – as God has preordained, we shall reap a harvest of unspeakable blessing. Have we ever considered that God trusts us with trials? We may not understand the reason why we are called to endure certain adversity, or why certain authorities mistreat us in an oppressive way when after having complied with government laws and regulations, but such trials take on a transformation when you know God impresses on your heart that He trusts you in it. Will we trust Him through it? That is the test; are we confident that God is true to His promises – not when we hear the pastor give a word of exhortation on Sunday mornings (anyone can feel elated then), but in the actualities and the pressure of life? Will we slander the name of God before the world by grumbling and complaining or will we exhibit, no matter what we go through, a security and soundness of mind because of how real and true God is? Will Christ say to us, “Where is your faith” after He saves us from sinking or, “Well done, good and faithful servant”?
Sometimes it may get to the point where God shuts up the hearts of others to help us in our extremities until we learn to know – not just say – that God is our help, until we count on God fighting our case and cause. We may not always see the results in this life, but they are stored for an unimaginable display of glory when we see Him face to face. Know that God does not miss a single heartbeat of pain or anguish, that indeed, all our tears (except those of self-pity) are stored in God’s bottle; they are kept in His book (Psalm 56:9).
“Never look for justice in the world, but never cease to give it” – Oswald Chambers. When no man or woman sees, sympathises and grants us justice, are we continuing to entrust ourselves to God? Does it make all the difference that despite no-one else giving us justice, God sees us enduring for His name’s sake and will one day make all things straight? Are we continuing to trust our lot with Him Who governs justly and works even the pain and persistence of adverse conditions together for our very best and ultimately for His glory? No good thing does God withhold from those who belong to Him and love Him.
Posted on November 26, 2013, in ♣ Devotional and tagged 1 Peter 2:16, 1 Peter 2:19-23, anguish, antichrist, authentic Christianity, challenging, complaining, Continue to Entrust, devotional, enduring, exhibit, extremities, Galatians 5:19-21, Galatians 6:9, God’s glory, grieving God, grumbling, hateful, justice, lovable, Mark Anthony Williams, mistreatment, Oswald Chambers, pain, retaliating, security, self righteousness, soundness of mind, sovereign, sympathy, tears, transformation, trials, trust, weary. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.