Suffering Today?

Ray Ortlund, lead pastor of Immanuel Church, offered this reflection on 1 Peter 5:10-11.

“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.”  1 Peter 5:10-11

And after you have suffered a little while.  Your suffering is real.  “A little while” does not trivialize it.  But suffering is not the rest of your story.  It will end, and soon – as measured by the actual, eternal grandeur of your life.

the God of all grace.  He has remedies, comforts and powers for every need, every occasion, every moment.

who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ.  As Lewis said, someday you will get in.  God himself has removed every barrier through Christ.

will himself.  Not mediated but directly and personally.  Not bare luck but his own loving involvement.

restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.  Terms upon terms, because God has thought of everything.  Whatever you have lost he will restore.  However you are weak he will confirm, strengthen and establish you, so that you emerge whole, formidable, happy.

To him be the dominion forever and ever.  No one can ever overrule his purpose of grace, but only serve his purpose.

Amen.  Very few things in life deserve this absolute affirmation.  But here is one.

HT:RO

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