Scripture Reading: I Peter 5:6-11
“And after you have suffered 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. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (I Peter 5:10,11)
During times of difficulty, our grandmother would say, “This too shall pass.” She was right. What seemed to be an endless struggle wasn’t endless at all. “This too shall pass, ” and it did. Our current crisis will pass. God puts it this way — “And after you have suffered a little while.” There will be relief from this trial. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
God makes a promise to us — After we have suffered a little while, the God of all Grace Himself will “restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” In other words, God is going to bring restoration to us and He will make us stronger and even more settled. Notice who will do these things — the GOD OF ALL GRACE. We will be changed because the God of all grace will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish us. His grace sustains us and is at work in us.
We should not attempt to shortchange what God is doing. He is giving us a chance to reset our priorities, to identify what really is important. He is making us slow down and enjoy the small things. He is at work in us now and He will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us.
There is an end to this trial. Don’t lose hope. Don’t get overwhelmed and discouraged. The God of all grace is at work in us. Our Lord Jesus Christ is in control — “To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” He created all things and He sustains all things — “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16,17). Because all dominion is His, Jesus has the end in mind. “This too shall pass.” There is light at the end of the tunnel.
But let’s remember that after this trial others will come and go. But one day Jesus is coming in glory, and all suffering will disappear forever. There will be no more disasters, diseases, and death. There is a day when all things will be perfectly restored, confirmed, strengthened, and established. The Light at the end of the tunnel is none other than the Light of the world; it is the Light of our Savior.
Lord Jesus, You are the light at the end of the tunnel. You created all things and You hold all things together. You are in control. You will bring an end to this crisis and we will be restored, confirmed, strengthened, and established. I pray that I will learn through these times of uncertainty. Don’t let me miss what You have to teach me. Thank You for letting me slow down, reset my priorities and enjoy the little things of life.
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