1 Peter 4:12
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
How does not being surprised help?
When we are surprised by something that implies that we didn't know it was coming. If we knew, it was coming we wouldn't be surprised or caught off guard and our reaction to it could be totally different. We could have prepared for it and perhaps avoided a poor outcome. We could have prepared ourselves so that emotionally, it would not have the same impact in our lives if we were not prepared for it. So, the Apostle Paul is telling us to NOT be surprised when life is full of challenges because it comes with being a follower of Christ. And he says, that we should actually REJOICE at the trials of life that come our way, because we share in the sufferings of Christ. Jesus, didn't promise us an easy life, ( that's a furniture company) But He did promise us that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Does that surprise you?
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (1 Pe 4:12–13). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
from the Message Bible,
12–13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (1 Pe 4:12–13). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
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