“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:20-21n (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series
Victory Over Suffering Day 2
Reading: 1 Peter 1: 13-21
A common phrase is “God works in mysterious ways.” We usually say it when something happens that we don’t understand or didn’t plan for. It also usually means that something happens according to a timeline that is not ours. We get frustrated when something doesn’t work the way we want it to. We get mad at others, at ourselves, and we can spend a lot of time being disappointed waiting for God.
Peter points out that Jesus was chosen before the creation of the world. The prophets were prophesying about Jesus, predicting very specifically the sufferings of Jesus and the glories that would follow. They did this 100s of years before they took place! They never got to see the plan come to fruition with their own eyes. How frustrating that had to be! The Holy Spirit spoke to them and created with them a longing to see Jesus and his salvation come. But they didn’t. In happened according to God’s timeline for everything to line up.
In Ecclesiastes, we read that there is a time for everything, the building and tearing down that comes with the passage of time, all according to God’s plan. God’s plan, as Paul writes, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This is a verse I’ve learned into a lot in the last few years.
In just the right time, the glory of God came in Jesus. It has been glorious. The same Holy Spirit has been poured out. We never have to doubt whether or not God is working. We never have to look at circumstances and feel despair. We have an eternal hope in the resurrected Christ who is unshakeable.