• Rejoice and Be Glad Devotional

    1 Peter 4:12–13

    Though our sin may bring suffering, the suffering Peter has in mind here is the suffering we endure from the hands of ungodly men because of our profession of Christ. When we stand for Jesus in our schools, homes, or workplaces we will, at least from time to time, experience troubles of various kinds. Yet at these times we must rejoice, knowing that we have been counted worthy to be treated just as the Son of God was. Ask God to help you rejoice in your trials. View Resource

  • Arm Yourselves Devotional

    1 Peter 4:1–2

    When Peter says that those who suffer in the flesh have ceased from sin, he is not teaching that sinless perfection is possible in this life. Until we are glorified we will still sin. However, as John Calvin writes, if we are united to Christ “we are really and effectually supplied with invincible weapons to subdue the flesh.” Make every effort to arm yourself with Christ’s manner of thinking so that you would be willing to suffer rather than do evil. View Resource

  • The Spirits in Prison Devotional

    1 Peter 3:18–20

    Today’s passage holds up Christ as our primary model for enduring suffering. Yet in some ways, Noah too serves as an example for us. He did good among men who slandered him because of their sin just as we might be slandered for being in Christ (1 Peter 3:16). Like Noah, we need not fear these foes, for we too will be vindicated and spared God’s wrath. And like Noah, Christ too will speak through us by the Spirit. Ask Jesus to speak through you just as He did with Noah. View Resource

  • Christ Our Example Devotional

    1 Peter 2:21–23

    Jesus is our example as we suffer when doing good. Like Him, we must not retaliate in kind, but we must entrust ourselves to the care of our Father knowing that He will justly repay all those who have treated His children unjustly. Take some time today to reflect on those times when you have suffered for doing good. If you have retaliated for such mistreatment, go and make amends if possible. Ask the Lord to enable you to entrust yourself wholly to His care. View Resource

  • Righteous Suffering Devotional

    1 Peter 2:18–20

    Though the broad teaching of Scripture sets the trajectory for the abolition of slavery, Peter’s concern is not to comment on the morality of this practice but rather to show us how we may live honorably as servants of Christ (v. 12). When we endure suffering without seeking revenge we imitate the character of our Lord and bear witness to His grace. If you must deal with a harsh supervisor, seek not to take revenge so that your witness to Christ may not be compromised. View Resource

  • Rejoice in Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:6–7

    Christian joy neither stoically denies the hardships of life nor pretends that we are happy when we are deeply sad. While we live in this fallen world, grief and joy exist together. We grieve because life is hard and because pain is real. But in faith we can rejoice, looking forward to the day when all will be renewed, knowing that Christ’s resurrection guarantees this hope. Find someone with whom you can share your grief and who will help you rejoice in your eternal hope. View Resource

  • Hope in Suffering Devotional

    1 Peter 5:12

    Take some time today to ask yourself: “Where does my hope lie?” Does it lie in your being accepted by this world, or have you placed your hope in Christ alone and in your citizenship in His kingdom? Read through 1 Peter and ask God to begin to impress upon your mind and heart the message of the apostle. Ask Him to enable you to place your hope in Him alone and to stand firm as you live as an exile in this fallen world. View Resource

  • Suffering and Patience Devotional

    James 5:10–11

    James 5:11 concludes by reminding us that the Lord is compassionate and merciful. We can see this now but it will be even more evident to us at the last day. The vindication that we will experience and the compassion we will see face to face enable us to be patient as we wait for the Lord’s return. Think of some situations in which you have not been patient and ask the Lord to give you endurance. Strive to wait patiently on the Lord in all things. View Resource

  • The Father’s Discipline Devotional

    Hebrews 12:5–6

    Some, but not all, suffering in our lives occurs because God is displeased with us. If you are having to endure a period of suffering, ask yourself whether God might be disciplining you for sin. If so, repent of your sin and remember that God disciplines you because He loves you. View Resource

  • Consider Jesus Devotional

    Hebrews 12:3

    As you run for the prize of heaven have you ever found yourself weary? Perhaps you might even be weary now as you endure many problems and trials. Whether you feel weary now or strong, take some time to meditate on Jesus today. Let His faithfulness in the midst of adversity be your inspiration to continue running the race. View Resource

  • Receiving the Promise Devotional

    hebrews 11:39–40

    If the old covenant saints were not to be perfected apart from us, then we are united with them with Christ as our head. Sadly, new covenant believers do not always realize the unity they have with old covenant believers or even with fellow new covenant members. Pray that believers today would be one in truth and love. View Resource

  • Old Covenant Martyrs Devotional

    Hebrews 11:36–37a

    Though the degree of suffering may vary from time to time and from place to place, it is clear that the people of God will experience suffering until Christ returns. Look at the suffering you may be experiencing in your life, and ask God to help you endure it, no matter how difficult it may be currently. View Resource

  • Faithful Suffering Devotional

    Hebrews 11:35

    We should never be surprised when persecution, no matter its intensity, comes to us. John Calvin says that it actually can serve to confirm that we have true faith. Yet at the same time, it can be scary to consider the suffering we may have to endure. In prayer, ask the Lord to strengthen your faith so that you can stand firm for Him. View Resource

  • The Former Days Devotional

    Hebrews 10:32–33

    Are you struggling because you do not feel any of the joy or assurance that we should have as believers? If so, look back on your conversion or other moments in your life when you have felt particularly close to God. Let these past evidences of God’s work in your life motivate you to trust God’s promises. View Resource

  • Suffering and Obedience Devotional

    Hebrews 5:7–8

    A great scholar once said that once he understood the reason for the Incarnation, he could never believe in a God who would not or could not take on a human nature. The incarnation of the Son of God and His sinless experience of what we experience make our God far greater than any alternative. Praise Him for loving us enough to become like us. View Resource