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What could possibly be in store for us today? It’s a thought that occupies the mind of early morning anglers as they head out to the fishing grounds. The possibilities are endless……… A box full of tunas, a weed line of hungry dolphin, white marlin balling bait or a big blue one crashing through the spread! Enthusiasm is easy when there’s so much to look forward to.

It’s these thoughts of the day’s catch which will encourage us through tough conditions. Long hours without a bite, blistering sun, rough water and high winds are all easily managed when at any moment luck can change. But, oh how it stinks to pick up the lines after a long day without a bite. Enthusiasm that once permeated the cockpit turns into a sourness that can only be satisfied by planting your feet on solid ground.

We’ve all experienced these kinds of days. Every day starts out the same-full of enthusiasm- but sometimes you just can’t wait until it’s over.

 

1 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Have you ever wondered how Christians throughout the world are able to endure such great persecution? Let’s face it; we think we’re experiencing persecution in America because the government is removing the Lord from all aspects of public life. Because marriage has been redefined by the will of people rather than the truth of Scripture and because in the name of political correctness it’s frowned upon to stand out as a Christian, talk about religion or share Christ with a friend who might think it’s offensive.

This might feel like persecution, but what would you do if someone was standing over you with a machete to your throat, planning on executing you and your family if you don’t denounce the name of Jesus? Because that’s what is taking place in the Middle East- brothers and sisters in Christ facing intense persecution for following the Lord Jesus Christ. And the question remains, how can these believers endure such persecution?

The answer lies within their perspective. An eternal perspective.

The Apostle Peter drafted his letter to Christians who were dispersed throughout Asia Minor. It’s unclear as to what specific persecutions and trials these believers faced; however within a few years of the letter’s circulation, the Roman Emperor Nero began his famous assault against the followers of the Way. Christians were a minority; they experienced verbal, economic, social and even physical abuse at the hands of Jews and Gentiles, alike.

Even in the midst of great opposition, these believers were marked by an inexpressible joy. A living hope based upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As they experienced trials and tribulations of life, they looked ahead to their guaranteed inheritance based upon the finished work of Christ Jesus and the power of God to keep them unto salvation. Now that’s Good News!

Brothers, it’s completely likely persecution will continue to increase for Christians. Jesus said to his own disciples “you will be hated by all for my name’s sake” (Matthew 10:22). While we should not be surprised by the ways of this world, let us not allow the world to affect our perspective. Jesus is victorious! May our faith in Him be proven genuine – all to His glory.

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Perspective. Our introduction might have sounded dramatic, but the reality is that often our “end of day” attitudes are completely based upon whether or not we had a good catch. I have to be reminded that every day in the blue water is a good day. The blessing of being able to experience the magnificence of the Lord’s creation should be more than enough to satisfy my greatest desires. Every morning as the sun rises above the horizon,  I’m reminded of His great faithfulness. (DW)

 

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