Can there be a more honest sign than “Help Wanted”? We all need help from time to time, but—as the saying goes—good help is so hard to find these days. Where can we go to find the help we need?
In our text this Sunday, Peter writes to a group of people asking the same question: “Where can we go for help?” The churches he writes to are facing persecution and need help. Peter’s letter gives them many answers but begins by pointing to God and teaching on his character. It is as though Peter is saying, “In order to get through this, we need a true picture of God.”
So, what does it mean to see God truly as he is? How can the suffering, alienation, and loneliness we experience in this world cause us to view God inaccurately? This Sunday, and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we will look at the true picture of God that Peter gives us and consider how we are to respond in light of that picture.
As you prepare for worship, take some time to reflect on 1 Peter 1:3-5. Keep in mind that this is how Peter begins his letter to the early churches facing persecution. What are we to make of the way he begins this letter? How might it help us in our own times of trouble as we seek to follow Christ in a time and place that opposes us?
I look forward to worshiping together and wrestling with this wonderful letter from Peter.
Yours in Christ,