2 Chronicles 15:1-7
1 Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded. 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3 For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law; 4 but when in their trouble they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them. 5 And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out, nor to the one who came in, but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 So nation was destroyed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity. 7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”
In our distress if we turn to the Lord, the God of Israel, and seek Him, He will be found by us.
When we are in our trouble and distress and if we turn to the Lord God of Israel, and in desperation earnestly seek Him, He will let us find Him.
1 Peter 4:12-14
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
If you are insulted and reviled for bearing the name of Christ, you are blessed, happy, with life-joy and comfort in God’s salvation regardless of your circumstances, because the Spirit of glory and of God is resting on you and indwelling you—He whom they curse, you glorify.
1 Peter 3:18-20
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
Christ also suffered once for sins, the Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God.
Indeed Christ died for sins once for all, the Just and Righteous for the unjust and unrighteous, the Innocent for the guilty so that He might bring us to God.
He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit.