I wish I could say my faith is consistently steadfast, and that I stand undaunted by the hardships of life. Such a claim would be false. Some days I feel as though I am hanging onto my sanity by a thread. Ahh! If I could only be the perfect Christian—constantly joyful, hopeful, positive, and energized. 😉 Unfortunately, yet not at all surprisingly, I am flawed. Thus, inspiration and spiritual rejuvenation are necessary. I hope you agree and continue reading.
From 1st Peter chapter 5:7-10
“Cast your anxiety (cares) on him because he cares for you.”
Where would we be without this timeless script, one we’ve all taken comfort in? I know I am grateful to have this reassurance in times of trouble.
“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for something to devour!!!!!”
We have all heard that one, amidst the hellfire and brimstone message of ageless preachers. It is a legitimate warning, to be sure, yet another section of this passage spoke to me this morning at 2:30 when I could not sleep.
“…the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering.”
What a comforting thought, that you are not alone and others understand your plight. Thank you, Jesus, for every silver lining.
“…after you have suffered a little while…”
A little while. Consider not the question why we suffer but simply that we do, as everyone does. Struggles are unavoidable because sin is constant in this world, but there is hope. The pain lasts “a little while”. Perhaps this applies to your current season of trial. It is certainly applicable to the length of one life compared to eternity, but either way you look at it there is a time limit. HARDSHIP—SUFFERING—HAS AN END. And, you have a promise! That, “…the God of all grace…will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.”
What a relief. Not only do we have peace in times of struggle but there is healing, restoration, strengthening and joy to be found in the end.