God Himself? Yes!

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5.10

This verse speaks to me on so many levels. Peter identifies Him as “the God of ALL grace …” I don’t know about you, but there are times in my life when I am reluctant to cry out to this God for help – fearful that it might be frivolous, selfish, or just not necessary. But since He is the God of ALL grace, He will have no less grace after He has met my need than before my need was ever known. Then Peter identifies that to which we have been called: “who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus …” God doesn’t take for granted our eternal glory in Christ – neither should we. This next phrase is one so many can take to heart: “ … after that ye have suffered a while … “ Suffering is not something we like to talk about unless we are complaining to someone about how “much” we have suffered. Look at the word “after.” God EXPECTS us to suffer “a while”. Now, look at the construction of the verse like this: “the God of all grace … make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” Do you see it? God HIMSELF will “settle you.” Here is another translation of this verse that says it well: “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.” “will himself restore …” WOW I will take that – being restored by the hand of this personal God who chooses to Himself restore me. Take that with you today … Just My Thoughts  …

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