Scripture Reading: I Peter 5:6-10
“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (I Peter 5:10)
Suffering is a consequence of living in this fallen world as we have seen. But the good news is that suffering will come to an end one day. I Peter gives us directions to face suffering:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in you faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (I Peter 5:6-10).
God promises to bring an end to our suffering. There will be no suffering, pain, or death in the new heavens and new earth.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
When we are going through times of suffering, we must keep an eternal perspective. God has called us to His eternal glory in Christ. He Himself will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. We are destined for glory where there will be no more suffering, death, mourning, crying, or pain. Paul kept this eternal perspective. He wrote, “For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). We must remember that we are destined for glory. Whatever suffering we face on this earth pales to insignificance when compared with the glory that is to come.
Lord God, I humble myself under Your mighty hand. I know You have called me to Your eternal glory in Christ. Thank You for the promise that You will bring an end to all suffering one day. Enable me to keep an eternal perspective when I go through times of suffering. I look forward to the day when Your Son returns and restores all things to perfection. Until that day, let me keep my eyes on You and let me live with an eternal perspective that all the suffering I experience on earth is not worth comparing with the glory that is to come.