Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
On Sunday we talked about the persecuted church. First Peter is a letter written to a persecuted church. In this verse, we should not think that Peter was suggesting that God desires His people to suffer. Rather, Peter was referring to believers who suffered because they lived “according to God’s will,” that is, because they refused to compromise obedience to God’s truth, they experienced suffering from the culture and governing authorities around them. To such faithful believers, Peter concluded this section on suffering with a two-pronged admonition. The first prong consists of “while doing what is good.” Peter assumed these Christ followers were already engaged in “doing what is good.” Furthermore, it was his expectation that their efforts to do good would not be interrupted.
Suffering for living “according to God’s will” did not authorize them to cease doing God’s will. It was “while doing what is good” that they were to implement the second prong and “entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.” Rather than back off on their obedience, they were to remain faithful and entrust themselves once again to God. Peter reinforced God’s identity as the “faithful Creator,” the One who possesses sovereign power and faithfully oversees every living thing in His world.
- What does it mean to “suffer according to God’s will”? What two actions did Peter want suffering Christians to take?
- Why might Peter have referred to God as “faithful Creator” in this verse?
- Pray for believers who are suffering for their faith.