GROUP THINK OR GOD THINK?
1 Peter 3:13 “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed?
Today we find many who are asking: How can God allow believers to be so harmed?
The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard? These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are not processing what is really behind those statements. This is what we call “group think.”
Both Paul and Peter addressed this question in Romans 8 and in 1 Peter 3.
First, when we are being persecuted know that we are not alone in this battle. The Holy Spirit is there even when we are weak. [Rom 8:26] Secondly, if God gave up His most precious gift for our salvation will He not also provide a way of escape for us who are being harmed? He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it. [1Cor 10] And lastly as Peter said, God has a protection plan designed just for us. So ask yourself; If God is for us, who can be against us? The answer is no one.
Remember that God’s ways are not our ways, His plan is higher and better than anything we could even imagine. Isaiah 55:8