1 Peter 2:23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
Jesus Christ, is the only model we need as we endure life’s trials, suffering, and death.
All the horrible physical and verbal abuse Christ endured just prior to the cross, along with the evil tearing down of His perfectly virtuous character, was unjustified, and yet He did not strike back. As the Son of God, Jesus had perfect control of His feelings and powers.
Jesus found the strength to endure such an abusive final trial when He “kept entrusting Himself to God who judges righteously.” Literally, Jesus kept handing Himself and all His circumstances, climaxing with His death on Calvary over to the Father. Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Why do we enthrust everything to God?
a. God knows you. Romans 8:27-28 MSG He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
b. God cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on himbecause he cares for you.
c. God knows the best for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
d. God is in control over every detail of your life.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
e. God is a fair Judge. Genesis 18:25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteousand the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judgeof all the earth do right?”
f. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Stephen and Paul are examples for how we can triumph over life’s persecutions and hardships, even death. But those great men fixed their eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 …fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Hebrews 4:14-16 14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
g. Entrust your life to God. Enthrust everything to God. Follow the example of Jesus. We can follow His example and endure persecution and unjust suffering without answering back, whether it be in the workplace, among relatives, or in any personal or social setting. The key is simply entrusting our lives, by faith, to a righteous God who will make everything right and bring us safely into His glory.
1 Peter 5:6-10 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.