Today we’re reading 1 Peter 1.
In yesterday’s devotional, I wrote about the importance of looking forward with anticipation to Christ’s coming and his kingdom. In today’s reading, we’re in a different book written by a different apostle, but the same theme emerged. In Christ we have been promised “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (v. 4a). This promise isn’t stored somewhere here on earth and it isn’t dependent on Equifax to protect it. Instead, it is “kept in heaven for you” (v. 4b).
Recall that this chapter was written, through the Holy Spirit, by Peter. Jesus told him that “Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat” (Luke 22:31). What did that mean? Just as sifting (winnowing) separates the wheat from the chaff, Satan wanted to use trials to separate Peter and the other apostles from Jesus. He wanted to remove their eternal life by breaking their bond with the Lord. That did not happen because Jesus prayed “for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:32a). Then he told Peter, “And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32b). In concert with that command, Peter wrote here in 1 Peter 1:5 that we “through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Why is it that no one who trusts in Christ will ever be lost? Why is your eternity secure in Christ even if you feel like your faith is far from perfect? Satan wants to separate you from your salvation; that’s why he brings trials into your life (vv. 6-7). But he can’t separate you from Christ because you are “shielded by God’s power” (v. 5a). Instead of shaking you loose from Jesus, God allows those trials in your life to prove the “genuineness of your faith” (v. 7a) for his glory (v. 7c) but he will shield you as you go through those trials by his power.
Are you facing something hard in your life now? Cling to Christ and his promises, even if you are feeling less than confident. He will shield your faith by God’s power and, after a time of suffering, you will be “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
[In case you aren’t aware of what happened with Equifax: https://www.wired.com/story/equifax-breach-no-excuse/]