Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Pet. 4:12–13)
I love words. I guess as a writer, that is an obvious statement, but my whole life I have been intrigued with lyrics and quotes. As early as nine, I would run to the mailbox the read the “quotable quotes” in the Reader’s Digest. I had books filled with quotes and bible verses and country lyrics from Dolly to Chesney. Along the way, I learned how to decipher verses. Some Bible verses (especially the apostle Paul) can be long winded and need to be “chunked” to understand fully the message and implications. The verse (above) is one of those. One day, when “chunking” this verse I was surprised, because It could literally be read “His glory will be revealed when you share in His suffering through fiery trials and suffering.” Sometimes the best blessings come in the pit. Suffering is horrible. Trials are the pits. But that is where we see His glory. Pray for eyes to be opened to see His hand and glory around you.