The front porch of our house is a favorite place for me to read and pray and the best times to be out are either early in the morning or late at night.
A few weeks ago, I was preparing for a Sunday sermon and one by one, the girls came out and said good night and went to bed. Meanwhile, I continued reviewing, updating and praying. Finally, I was either too tired to continue or I was finished…most likely I was too tired to continue :).
I shut my laptop, wrapped up my cords, grabbed my cup and went to the door.
It was locked.
Since it’s a habit to lock the front door, one of the girls turned the deadbolt without thinking and went to bed.
I thought about throwing a rock at the window or calling Leigh-Ann’s cell phone, but I really didn’t want to wake them up if I could help it.
Then I remembered, I could go down to the garage, enter the code and I would be in.
My entrance back into my house was possible because I had the key code for the garage.
This Sunday, we are going to study from 1 Peter 1:7-13. Peter is offering encouragement to Christians who were experiencing persecution. He begins the book by reminding them of their identity and their hope. This week we will learn that he continues the encouragement by telling them someday they will experience deliverance from their present persecution. This deliverance is the outcome of their faith.
In other words, similar to the time I possessed the key code and was delivered from the elements outside my house, these first century Christians possessed faith and would be delivered from their present persecution.
Furthermore, their deliverance guaranteed them an inheritance that was incorruptible, unfading and was guarded in heaven.
So their faith was something they possessed, and Peter is encouraging them that when it came down to their daily choices, they needed to trust that their faith would, in fact, deliver them.
There is much more encouragement in our Scripture for Sunday, I hope to see you soon.