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Daily Devotional: Victory Over Suffering (Day 4)

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Key Scripture

You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.1 Peter 2:5 (NIV)  

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

Daily Devotional Series

Victory Over Suffering Day 4

Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-10

There are a few movies that, when flipping through the channels, suck me in every time. There is something about watching people overcome great obstacles in life that gives us hope. One of those movies is “The Help.” In one scene, Viola Davis’ character, a southern African-American maid, and nanny looks into the face of the child in her care (who is often neglected by her mother) and says, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Whenever we watch this we repeat that line or something similar to our boys for the next few weeks.

Sometimes we just need to hear how important we are. Life can be a real pain. It makes us feel bitter, dumb, and purposeless. The church (made of people) in Peter’s day was undergoing real persecution. They had no protection of the government. They were thrown in jail. They would be fed to lions and tortured. They were ostracised. All for believing in Jesus. That upset the Jews who rejected him and scared the Greeks and Romans who didn’t understand him. They felt scattered and alone.

Peter reminds them that they, the Church, is so much more than buildings and the worldly views of success. He reminds, the Church, what a miracle they are, just like a parent reminds a child. “Living stones,” Peter says. “A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Today’s Prayer

Creator of all things good, remind me that I am part of that creation. My value doesn’t depend on what people say but on what you say. Jesus’ death for me says it all about how much you value me. Help me declare your light to the many who walk without it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.