Monday, June 12, 2017
10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5).
To “perfect” (“mend”), “confirm” (“validate”), “strengthen” (“cause to stand”—another word only used by Peter), “establish” (“lay a foundation”)—what a wonderful progression of thought! This is what happens at the end of temporary suffering: the Lord heals our wounds, validates our cause, and makes us stand firm upon a foundation of greater faith than we had before.
Concerning those evil forces which cause our suffering and seek to rule over us now, Peter reminds us that it is God alone who has “dominion forever and ever”—not they. What a stark contrast between suffering “for a little while” and the “God of all grace” who gives us “eternal glory in Christ!” All suffering is indeed temporary—even that which may last a lifetime. For a even a lifetime is but a blink of an eye compared to eternity, and the burden of suffering but a feather compared to the weight of eternal glory in Christ.
Lord, should You on This Day allow any suffering to come our way, help us to remember and embrace these promises here. Amen.