1 Peter 1:13-16 needs to be etched into the Christian's minds, now more than ever. The current age of rage and cancel culture has resulted in an increase in slander and hostility against Biblical Christianity. Believers must not succumb to the pressure to conform to the whims and wishes of paganism. Believers must be prepared, be obedient, and be holy. When they do, they will live their blessed life, even during difficult days.
As Peter continues to write, he tells believers that they are blessed and have a reason to rejoice. Imagine telling someone going through hard times to rejoice because they are blessed? For most, it is the last thing they would want to hear. Some of his readers were facing martyrdom for their faith. Others were being treated unjustly by employers and spouses because of their faith. Nevertheless, Peter will demonstrate that believers are blessed and rejoicing amid trials because they have a living hope, inexpressible and glorious joy, and the Old Testament prophecies.
In many ways, the Twenty-first Century Church is facing a similar situation to the recipients of Peter's Epistles. The global pandemic has scattered local churches around the world. Additionally, the current age of rage has resulted in an increase in slander and hostility against Biblical Christianity. Christians need to know how to respond to these trials critically, logically, and most important, Biblically!
In times of distress and judgment, it is a normal human reaction for a believer to lose hope and think that God has forgotten them. In Psalm 10:1, David confessed that he was distressed because he felt as if God had forgotten him during troubling times. Paul admitted that his issues in Asia were so severe that he was close to giving up on life (2 Corinthians 1:8). Even Jesus experienced the human emotion of hopelessness on the cross when He cried out to God (Matthew 27:46). Genesis 8:1-9:17 shows that when hope is lost, all is not lost. God does not remain silent or still. When hope is lost, God remembers His creatures, blesses His people, and remembers His covenant.