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July 4 – Glorifying God in our struggles

“…that the tested genuineness of your faith … may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:7 

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:1-7

Yesterday we saw what a great future is ours because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. But our hope is not just in a future heavenly glory. Peter reminds us that we are guarded by God’s great power, the same power that created the world. God wants us to trust that He will not let us go; that He who began a good work of faith in us will bring it to completion when Jesus returns to take us to our eternal home.

Peter encourages us to rejoice in the knowledge that God will continue to work in us by His Word and Spirit so that we will continue in the faith even in the midst of trials. Trusting in God, we should see that He will not only bring us through hard times or temptations, but will also use these for our good. Peter tells us that our loving heavenly Father allows these difficulties in our lives so that our faith will be refined through them to such a degree that they will result in praise, glory and honour when we meet Jesus at His second coming.

Jesus said a similar thing in John 15 when He said every branch that bears fruit He prunes, so that it will bear more fruit. Peter really wants us to see that when we suffer in this broken world, while serving our Lord Jesus Christ in a true faith, we will be blessed with a more intimate relationship with God and so praise Him with greater commitment and joy.

Suggestions for prayer

That we would see that our trials and struggles are in God’s control and He is using them to purify us to draw us closer to him so that we can glorify Him in a deeper way.

Pastor Richard Bultje is a missionary and pastor of the River of Life church plant in Niagara Falls Ontario. It is a church plant under the oversight of the Wellandport United Reformed Church. Pastor Richard and his wife, Yukyung moved to Niagara Falls in November 2012 with their three children, Calvin, Isaiah and Gloria. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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