It says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and whoever believes in him will never be put to shame.” So you who believe see his value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. -1Peter 2:6-8 NET
What we believe about God makes all the difference. I once stumbled in darkness. Adversity, pain and a broken theology blinded me. I stumbled over God because I thought he was part of the problem. In reality, a superficial understanding of God's interactions with humanity causes many to stumble. Even believers stumble when adversity darkens their door.
If one believes that God has singled them out for suffering they fall prey to the erroneous theology of Job. In error they stumble, seeing God as an adversary rather than an ally. Yet when we believe, we stand firm on an eternal cornerstone. We embrace a chosen and precious Messiah that does not shame us with adversity but encourages us in painful times.
Open the eyes of our heart Lord. That we may see you clearly and not stumble with a broken theology.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.