“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.”
Peter mentions trials and suffering several times in this letter. All believers face such trials when they let their light shine into darkness. We must accept trials as part of the refining process that burns away impurities and prepares us to meet Christ. As gold is heated, impurities float to the top and can be skimmed off. Likewise, our trials, struggles, and persecutions refine us and strengthen our faith. (Life Application Study Bible)
Jesus, difficulties are unpleasant, but we understand from your word, they can be used to mature us. Help us keep our eyes on you and anticipate the joy ahead.