What has been your most difficult trial in the last couple of years?
Sickness, strained relationships, persecution, isolation, financial difficulties, family problems?
Today, as all through the ages, people have different responses to trials, suffering and hardship.
They may think, “God obviously doesn’t care about me.”
Or, “God has deserted and abandoned me.”
Or, “I must have done something wrong and God is punishing me.”
Or, “Christianity is just a farce. If God really did love me this would not be happening.”
The Christians, to whom the Apostle Peter wrote the letter we know as “1 Peter”, were also suffering and facing many trials.