This article is part of the ESV.org Reading Plans series.
Hope in Hard Times
Whether or not we face physical persecution for our faith, it is likely that we’ve all experienced some form of suffering throughout our lives as Christians. How do we persevere and hope in the resurrection when in the midst of difficult circumstances?
In the introduction to Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering: 1 Peter, Juan Sanchez writes:
The experience of the Christians in 1 Peter is much like that of Christians in the West today. Unlike some of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who face persecution in the form of war, violence, displacement, torture, and even death, we face cultural discrimination, social pressures, and the potential loss of rights and privileges simply for identifying with Christ. Peter’s readers faced similar pressures, and he writes to encourage them to endure faithfully under these circumstances because “after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (5:10).
A New Reading Plan
Over the next six days, find biblical encouragement in Paul’s letter to early Christians in Asia Minor, and remember all Christ has done and promises to do in the lives of those who trust him. Start the reading plan today!