|1 Peter 5:10 – “And the God of Grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”|
In this Scripture, Peter made it clear that suffering is inevitable. Jesus entered this world as the suffering Servant of God. It had been prophesied that He would be despised and rejected, wounded and ill-treated, beaten, unjustly tried and hard-heartedly crucified.
Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered and after His time of suffering, He returned to His eternal glory to willingly and joyfully share it with all of us who trust in His name.
In 1998, I was in an accident that resulted in me having several plastic surgeries, a TBI and the doctors telling me I would never work again, that I would not be able to multi-task or take care of my children. I was told to apply for disability. I lost my memory from when I was a kid and my children were small. But the one memory I kept was when I was seven in a little Sunday school class room, praying on my knees with my hands folded around a little circle shaped table asking the Lord into my heart, accepting him as my Lord and Savior. What a spectacular thing to remember.
And I can tell you he has showed grace and mercy over and over again, he has given me strength to conquer the challenges that have entered my pathway. As a result to having faith and standing firm in the word, knowing God works all thing together for my good, I work as a CMA multi-tasking all day long, I raised my children and now have beautiful grandchildren. As my grandchildren grow, I have flashbacks of my kids when they were small. And some of my childhood memories have come back as well. God is so good always!
Christ suffering is simply a portal which transfers His blood, which was purchased for believers, into his eternal joy. And now by grace, we have peace in our hearts. We know the Lord gives us strength, shows us grace and mercy every day.
Lord, even when I am going through difficult times, I know you have the power to build me up, strengthen me and give me hope. Thank you Lord for grace and mercy. In Jesus Name, Amen.