Pain is a threat to hope!
Think back to a time in your life when pain had all but extinguished hope…perhaps even the thought of better days seemed impossible.
This was the story of one woman who at age seventeen, failed acceptance into the college of her choice. At age twenty-five, she watched her mother pass away. At age twenty-seven, she married into a physically abusive relationship. At age twenty-eight, she was divorced and diagnosed with severe depression. By age twenty-nine, she was a single mother living on welfare. At age thirty, she had serious thoughts about suicide.
Her life consumed by pain and hope was elusive.
This Sunday, we will study from 1 Peter 1:3-7, about a group of scattered Christians who were also consumed by pain and were on the verge of losing all hope. Peter writes to remind them that as Christians, they are citizens of a different kingdom. Their citizenship guarantees them of hope for today and an amazing inheritance in the future.
By the way, the woman who struggled with so much pain decided to focus on her writing. By age thirty-one she published her first book, by age thirty-five she published four books and at age forty-two, she sold eleven million copies of her new book on the first day of release.
J.K. Rowling endured some very tough times and in the midst, almost lost sight of her value as a writer. As Christians, pain is going to come, however, in this two-thousand-year-old letter, Peter has written to encourage us not to lose sight of our indestructible inheritance. I hope to see you for more from Peter’s letter on Sunday at New Life.