Peter had walked with the Savior; he’s seen the risen Christ. He was and experienced mature believer when he wrote this book, but he doesn’t deny the suffering believers face day after day. He gives tremendous hope to us all.
There’s no inference that we should not suffer, that we somehow deserve the suffering we bear, nor does he suggest it’s our responsibility to protect ourselves from the pain of life. Quite the contrary, he encourages us to recognize that we do get hurt and to hang on to Christ where we will find encouragement and hope in the midst of the hard times.
From Women of Faith Devotional Bible. Copyright © 2003 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.