“ Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:9
Sometimes, during difficult days, we feel that we have been singled out and forced to suffer unfairly. We are often tempted to think that no one has it worse than we. But our text assures us that isn’t really true. Life is hard for everyone. James Smith, Spurgeon’s predecessor, put it like this:
“Every child in the Lord’s family has his own bitter cup — and he must drink the exact mixture which it contains. But we often think that our portion is more bitter, or that our cup contains more sorrow — than that of our brother. At times, looking at some of the Lord’s people, we imagine that they escape the cross, and are spared the trials — that we are called to endure.
It is common for Satan to tempt us to think that our case is unusual, and our trials uncommonly severe. We must not believe him. We dare not listen to him. His design is to make us rebel against God, envy His people, and to fill us with self-pity and complaining. Our case is not unusual! “Your brethren throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings!”
Are we harassed and tempted by Satan? So are all the brethren.
Are we tried in our home life? So are they.
Do we have sharp and bitter conflicts of soul? So do they.
Are we tempted to complain of bereavements, or bitter trials in the world? So are they.
Are we tempted to doubt and fear? So are they.
Tried as you are, timid as you are, tempted to doubt as you are — while in faith and submission you still cling to Jesus, you are in the footsteps of the flock. The thousands who are now in glory — have felt just as you do, when they were on earth.
You may find it hard to believe this — but it is nevertheless true. You will be surprised by and by to find how much the experience of the Lord’s people is alike. Not only so — but Jesus Himself suffered before us and was tried in all points like as we are. He is therefore able to help and support us, and He will do so.
Beloved Father, I thank You that You will not allow me to be tempted above what I am able to bear with Your help, and that You will help me through every trial”
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:–1 Peter 4:12