1 Peter 1:6, “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

A man once found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He noticed a small opening appearing, and watched the moth for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then the moth seemed to get stuck and stopped making progress. In his kindness, the man decided to help the moth by cutting off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth emerged easily, but its body was swollen and small, and its wings were wrinkled and shriveled. In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around; it was never able to fly. The man in his kindness and haste did not understand that the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening, was necessary to force fluid from the body into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight upon achieving its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of its potential.

Did you know that principle is also true for Christians? 1 Peter 1:6 says, “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. So whatever you’re going through, remember that God can redeem all that He allows.

Have a blessed day!

Justin Frazier

Executive Pastor

(Discipleship)

justin.frazier@cottonwoodcreek.org