QTVOTD: It is more than just persevering…

“Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.” 1 Peter 2:18 ->me: This is only the second write up I have had in 5 days.  Not a great record for this week; however, God has been doing a great work in me through my situations and activities.  My prayer life has been better than it has been in months and my connection with the Lord and His movements has been wonderful…but what I realize I miss (even if it is for one day) is the rock solid instruction, blessing, correction, and encouragement I get from God’s Word.  Today is a great example – a lot of my troubles as work over the last year have had a ton to do with leaders in my chain of work meeting the ‘unjust’ definition here in verse 18.  Metaphorically the Greek word for unjust used here means ‘dishonest or morally evil’.   The most important part here for me is that Peter doesn’t that God is pleased with enduring sorrow and grief while suffering unjustly, no; he says that when we are ‘mindful of God’ in that circumstance, is He pleased.  This is not a stoic self-motivated tenacity which holds out against all opposition but rather the opposite -> the trusting awareness of God’s presence and never-failing care, which is the key to righteous suffering. It is the confidence that God will ultimately right all wrongs which enables me to submit to an unjust master without resentment, rebelliousness, self-pity, or despair.

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