1 Peter 5:1,3 The elders which are among you I exhort, which also am an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed…. Being ensamples to the flock. ~ As a Christian, you are going to go through things that will try your faith, some of them direct attacks from the enemy through people and situations, others just from living in a fallen world.
Verse 12 states that this is the true grace of God wherein we stand. God causes his grace to abound towards us everyday giving us the power, the ability to overcome every situation. We are to be ensamples (a model, a pattern, a print for imitation) for others to follow. Whether we like it or not, people watch our lives to see how we handle things. They are looking to see if we have the real answer or not. We speak to the world in great volumes not by our words but by how we live.
If we want to be partners with God for the glory of God to be seen in the earth, then we must be partakers of the sufferings and afflictions that come our way knowing that God has already made provision for us to overcome. I don’t care if it’s a sickness, a failed marriage, bankruptcy, or whatever you might be facing today. God is big enough and his grace is more than enough to see you through. Trust Him and He will not fail you.