Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-12
God always provides for our needs. We tend to get caught up in the material or monetary aspects of God’s provisions. Missionary statesman Hudson Taylor had complete trust in God’s faithfulness. In his journal he wrote: Our heavenly Father is a very experienced One. He knows very well that His children wake up with a good appetite every morning… He sustained 3 million Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years. We do not expect He will send 3 million missionaries to China; but if He did, He would have ample means to sustain them all… Depend on it, God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.
I know that there are some of you who are facing some very difficult things in your life. Sometimes you don’t know how you can survive these trying times. Peter’s message applies to you. God has provided provisions for you to survive life and its trials and challenges.
God has provided for each one of us an invaluable inheritance. No matter what we may lose in this life, may it be riches, homes, loved ones, or our very lives; we will gain a great inheritance in heaven.
Peter is painting a picture of the Israelites here and again identifying these Christians with the Israelites. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, sustained by the promise of their inheritance, the Promised Land that God had told them was theirs. Edmund Clowney writes, “Like Israel in the wilderness, the New Testament people of God are aliens and pilgrims. They make their way through a world that is becoming more hostile. Yet they are not wandering beggars, cast off from their possessions. They hold a sure title to the inheritance God has given them.”
This inheritance Peter tells us “will never perish, spoil, or fade”. No one can take away your inheritance of eternal life with Christ. As a Christian, you are a member of God’s family and an heir to the inheritance that God has kept for you.
Peter tells us that our faith is of greater worth than gold. It’s precious, it’s valuable. Our faith in God is what really sustains us throughout our lives and especially in troubling times. Fire doesn’t damage the gold, but purifies it.