December 13 – Blessed When Suffering for Righteousness

Benjamin Franklin, in his 1757 Poor Richard’s Almanac, repeats a phrase that has become familiar: “God helps those who help themselves.” Ben is not however, quoting the Bible. God helps those who are helpless. And when it comes to salvation, each one of us is in dire need of God’s help. God does reward those who seek to do what is right. Sometimes it may feel like the unjust are receiving benefits while the godly are penalized. But always remember, God will have the final say, and His judgment is fair and true. But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Short and to the point, Peter’s reminders go a long way to those who are being persecuted unjustly and this truth is good to keep in mind. Today is not the end. Keep calm and carry on in the ways that honor God. He sees and His Word says He will bless.

1 Peter 3:14a ESV