Year of Calling: Faithful Steward

 

Week 40 Word: Faithful Steward

Week 40 Text: 1 Peter 4:19

Written By: Caitlin Skidmore

 

“So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.” (1 Peter 4:19, NLT)

 

At the beginning of this passage, Peter says, “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12, NLT)

 

Logically, we know we will suffer and go through hard times. But they often surprise us.

 

For example, too often I find myself thinking my day should look different. I didn’t expect a particular situation to be in my life today, and so I spend a huge amount of energy hoping that the solution will hurry up and get here so I can get on with all the things God’s put in front of me to do!

 

It’s easy to forget that those situations aren’t out of place in our days. God can use that annoying or really difficult situation to refine me and make me more like Him. Not “someday,” but right here, right now, so that I will be better equipped to take the next right step He has for me.

 

After telling us not to be surprised by our struggles, Peter continues, “Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.” (1 Peter 4:13, NLT)

 

Instead of wishing them away, the hard things are worth giving thanks for, because they will give us a better glimpse into His glory!

 

It’s so much easier to give into frustration and negativity. But we’re called to be a faithful steward and suffer well, not just suffer. How? Peter lays it out for us in 1 Peter 4:13 and 19:

1. By choosing to find a way to give thanks for everything,

2. Doing what is right,

3. And trusting God with our lives, because He will never fail us!

 

He always provides exactly what we need and promises to use everything for our good.

 

So let’s be women who are watchful, and when we face fiery trials, let’s choose to be prayerful and grateful for them. God is still good, He is still on His throne, and He will never, ever fail us.

 

Application Questions:

1. What have you been worrying about more than praying about?

2. What is one thing you’re grateful for about the thing or situation that’s frustrating you most right now?