• Anchoring Your Soul Devotional

    Is your soul anchored to the biblical hope of the future, the new heaven and earth, where there will be no more sin and suffering? 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

  • Belief and Suffering Devotional

    Philippians 1:29–30

    If we are surprised when persecution comes, then we will find it more difficult to endure it and experience the grace of God in our suffering. Yet as we remember that both belief and suffering are granted to us by the Lord, we will not be taken aback when pain comes our way for believing in Jesus. We will also be looking for ways that we can mature as we suffer for boldly proclaiming the gospel. View Resource

  • Be Not Ashamed Devotional

    1 Peter 4:16

    John Calvin writes, “it is no common kindness from God, that he calls us, freed and exempted from the common punishment of our sins, to so honourable a warfare as to undergo for the testimony of his Gospel either exiles, or prisons, or reproaches, or even death itself.” Are you ashamed to suffer for the cause of Christ? Go before the Lord today and pray that you would be proud to be His servant. Pray for Christians worldwide that they would proudly suffer for their King. View Resource

  • Be Not Surprised Devotional

    1 John 3:12–13

    Biologically speaking, Cain and Abel were from the same family. However, they did not share the same spiritual heritage. Though we might think they were brothers, in an ultimate and eternal sense they were not. The church can also be viewed this way. We might belong to a corporate body, a manifestation of the visible church, but if we hate others in it, we are not children of God and not a part of the invisible church. Tell a fellow Christian that you love him today. View Resource

  • Called to Suffer Devotional

    1 Peter 2:20b–21

    Take some time today to read through 1 Peter and consider the call to stand firm for Jesus even when it brings suffering to us. Spend some time in prayer meditating on how willing you are to bear the sufferings of Christ wherever you happen to be. Ask the Lord to strengthen you and establish you that you might be able to endure eagerly and faithfully the difficulties that come with being a Christian. Find a group of believers who can encourage you to stand firm for Christ. 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

  • 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

  • Counting It All Joy Devotional

    Habakkuk 3:17–19

    Our future hope, rightly understood, does not make us callous to the needs and importance of this present life. Instead, it makes us live today with confidence, sure of the Lord’s presence as we courageously face the unknown. “This slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17). If you find it hard to be joyful, consider whether you are too attached to this life and not enough to the life to come. View Resource

  • Deserved Suffering Devotional

    1 Peter 4:15

    How apt are you to play the part of the righteous victim? Do you become indignant when you experience hardship even though you might deserve it for meddling in someone else’s affairs? Though we are called to rescue others from sin (James 5:19–20), sometimes we are prone to get involved in matters that do not concern us or in which our “help” is not needed. Do your best to stay out of matters that do not concern you and in which your involvement is not necessary. View Resource

  • A Divine Vocation Devotional

    Luke 2:22–35

    Lest we think that Christ bore His pain with ease, let us remember that even Jesus asked for the cup of suffering to pass from Him (Luke 22:39–42). Yet He did this in faith, submitting to the Father’s will when it was clear that He alone could fulfill the call to suffer for the sake of His people. Like Jesus, we may ask for our suffering to pass, but whether it does or not we must always trust the Father and His good purposes for our suffering. View Resource

  • The End of the Wicked Devotional

    Proverbs 11:7–8

    Some people have found Proverbs unrealistic, believing that it has no place for the suffering of the righteous. as noted, however, Proverbs has a well-orbed theology that recognizes the pain of God’s people and the trouble even the most faithful individuals must endure. It also encourages us in the hope of deliverance. We may suffer for the Lord now, but we will one day be rewarded, and the wicked who oppose God and His people will receive their due. View Resource

  • Enduring Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:7

    To speak of suffering as a loving expression of God’s discipline is not to say that there is always a one-to-one correlation between a specific sin we have committed and our trial. Such a correlation may be true in some instances, but God’s discipline is broader than just correcting us for specific sins. He is also teaching us to rely only on Him — to love Him absolutely even when everything may be falling apart around us. 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

  • Fearing God Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 11-12

    Patience is a key virtue in the Christian life because of our need to take a long view of things. It can be difficult to remain faithful in suffering or to spend hours ministering with little visible return. When we take the long view of things, however, we find the strength to press forward even in the context of great difficulty. Let us surround ourselves with people who will encourage us to take, as we are able, an eternal perspective on all things. View Resource