Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22
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You've probably heard this passage before. It is reminding us that sometimes we will suffer for the sake of the gospel. It also reminds us that it is better to suffer for good than to suffer for evil.
The last part of the passage reminds us of the importance of our baptism. It also shows us that the story of Noah points to baptism. When I read this to write this devotion, I was particularly struck by this part of our text: "...when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark..." Wow! God waited patiently. I never really thought of God having to wait. After all, whatever God says, it happens. God can make things occur on God's time, so the idea of God waiting patiently really struck me.
And then I wondered how often God has waited patiently on me. If God did it for Noah, surely God has waited for me. Maybe I wasn't quite ready for whatever God had planned for me. Or, maybe I was too anxious and God felt I needed a "cooling off" period. God definitely knows me better than I know myself and my needs!
Going forward, I'll probably wonder more often about the times that God is patient with me. I guess patient really is a virtue! And if God can be patient on Noah and me, maybe I can learn to me a little more patient with others. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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