For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 1 Peter 2:20
This happens a lot. Many times when doing something good, others will want to pull you back down. It makes people uncomfortable when they see someone doing things to help others. Most of the time it’s because it makes them recognize their own unwillingness to go that extra mile. All through the scriptures we see examples of those who did good things, yet they suffered for doing them. Joseph did good, but found himself in prison. Queen Jezebel put a bounty on Elijah’s head even though he did nothing wrong. Daniel ended up in a lion’s den. Even Jesus, who was perfect, had to deal with the pharisee’s always accusing Him of doing something against the law. The Apostle Paul was no different and spent many nights in the local dungeon. Thankfully, we will never have to suffer to these extents, but we still live in a society where it is not popular to do good things. Think about it. At work, most people are happy to get by with doing as little as possible while getting paid as much as possible. Our culture is one of “nobody is going to get the best of me” If for some reason, we do begin to suffer because of something we did that was the right thing, we would defend our right to be right tooth and nail until the end.
Today’s passage starts by talking to servant/employees and it says to submit to their master/boss with fear/respect. I don’t believe we need to be afraid of them, however we are to respect them to their face and behind their back. The passage goes on to qualify that this is required whether it is earned or not. It has nothing to do with them but everything to do with us. We determine that we are going to respect them no matter what. If actually says that it pleases God when we honor our employer, even to the point of taking their grief. Yikes! Nobody likes to do that, yet it always happens. Inevitably there will be a difference of opinion and guess what, the boss is always right. The passage ends by saying this is our calling to follow Jesus example and follow in His steps. He willingly suffered and died even though He never sinned.
Today I want to encourage you to take your suffering patiently. In doing so, you are opening the door for the LORD to work in the situation. If you try to handle things yourself by arguing your case, you will not get the best results. True success only comes from letting God handle it. The way to do that is to put your hands up, take a step back and say “Here you go LORD, I trust you to take care of this situation” This is what it all comes down to: We trust God to handle the difficulties in our lives, and we do it by giving Him control. If you purpose in your heart to honor and respect others no matter what, then give God the entrance into the circumstances through your faith, He will always bring you through every trial in peace!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 2: 18-20