“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”-1 Peter 5:6-10 (the Message)
The idea of faith is that we suffer well—that we don’t forget that God is who He says He is. That He is for us and not against us. Transforming into the likeness of His Son is a gift, but it doesn’t always feel like one.
Suffering produces character, but almost always takes longer than we would like. Suffering is heavy, burdensome and leaves us desperate for relief and help. But here is the glimmer of hope we get to hold onto in the midst of suffering—the glimmer that keeps ours hearts soft and our eyes fixed—
He always gets the last word.
He will have us put together and on our feet for good. Glory! So in whatever you are suffering today, hold fast to this Truth, with a soft and grateful heart. This suffering won’t last forever. He is near.
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