1 Peter 5:6-11 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering. 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. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
The bottom line is this, regardless of our circumstances: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5, 6). And, in the end, as we are faithful, we are rewarded. "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:11, 12)." In the great Faith Chapter, Hebrews 11, there were many who saw miraculous deliverances and yet, still others who were killed for their faith. They were all commended for their faith. And Hebrews 12:1, 2 cheers us on: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. This, my friend, is our place of victory.
One last thought--also in Hebrews 12, we are told to endure the discipline of our heavenly Father, who loves us. Sometimes we suffer momentarily in His discipline. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
There are many in our world today that are indeed suffering for their stand in Christ. We here in America have it pretty easy. Let's pray for those all around the world. Regardless of our situations, God's grace is sufficient for us. There is a higher calling and a higher reality. Remember Stephen as he was being stoned (Acts 6, 7). But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Remember, our faith is in God. And we are living in Him. There is no greater power, no greater wisdom, and no greater reward!