How to Bloom Where You Are Planted—Even When Conditions Are Harsh….

1 Peter 2  No other subject is as controversial as this passage on slavery. It is an insidious institution and even today it is prevalent around our globe in the sex-trafficking enterprises.  Slavery is demeaning, hateful and abhorrent to our senses and yet it is neither condemned nor condoned by God.

Remember this: Often God doesn’t answer our “why’s.”

He does tell us the “how.” 

As God’s spokesman, Peter is well aware of these relationships in which many found themselves either by birth or purchase by another who is “free.” Peter says “submit or be subject to your master….by this you silence their ignorance.”

Four examples of this principle:

Hagar had been purchased in Egypt by Abraham. She was obedient to him and Sara and gave birth to Abraham’s son. Her mistress mistreated her and she ran away. Yet God called to her and told her to return to Sara and submit to her.

Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery. He submitted even when mistreated unjustly. God raised him to be the second in command under Pharaoh. Joseph told his brothers:  “God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people” [Genesis 50]

Nehemiah was taken captive and became a king’s servant. The king noted his downcast countenance yet his submissiveness and prayer life prepared the king’s heart and God opened doors to rebuild the Jerusalem wall.

Daniel was in the service of the king because he had been taken captive. His life is a model for all in how to live righteously in an unrighteous world and God blessed him.

What can we learn?

God blesses our submissive attitudes and actions.

God can and will use us wherever we are.

Hagar, Joseph, Nehemiah, and Daniel along with Jesus are our examples of how to live a righteous life whether treated in fairness or unjustly.

The key is to bloom where you are planted and leave the results to God.


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