Wednesday Word 5.06.2020

1 Peter 2:22-25 The Message

21-25 “This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.”

This particular translation of this passage really touched me. I have long believed that Jesus could teach us how to live the very best life we can, but I never thought of how he “suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done.” I never gave it any thought that he went through all the trials and hardships throughout his ministry, not just at the end, so that we would “also know how to do it, step-by-step.”

As a people, we are suffering hardship right now. For many of us, it is simply gross inconvenience. For others, it is devastation and my heart cries out for them. A kind of anxiety and fear, real and imagined, has become a part of everyday life. How are we to cope with it? I really think there is only one way. Peter says that Jesus endured his suffering, “content “ to put himself in God’s hands. Ultimately, God will set things right. In Exodus 14:14, Moses told God’s people, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Be sensible. Take every precaution science tells us. But, above all, be still and know that God loves you…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki