The epistle’s recipients are not known for sure, with some arguing Jewish converts, and others arguing for gentiles. However, it can be concluded that the recipients were first-century Christians who were experiencing a situation that was causing them to have concerns—perhaps the persecution under Nero. The author, historically believed to be Peter, wanted to reassure the readers of their salvation and to encourage them to persevere through their trials.
If you are reading this, then I am certain you will affirm this statement. You have experience anxiety or worry over an event or the future. We all experience this–some more than others, but it is a reality just as we need air to breathe, food to eat, and sleep. The difference is that anxiety produces an uneasy, heavy, and dark cloud cast upon our very souls. The latter could be the greatest part of a Thanksgiving meal–scented candles burning a pleasing aroma while eating their meal until their fill and then doze off in a post-dinner nap. While one is essential to life, the other is most despised, yet it seems so interwoven to our very existence.