Hard Times May Come, But He’s There With Us Through Them All
Though we aren’t promised an easy life, we are told that Christ will be there with us when we believe in Him, that he won’t give us more than we can handle with His help, and even our hard times can be used to glorify God.
1 Peter 5:8-11
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 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]. To Him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The Apostle Peter recognizes the churches in five regions of Asia Minor under persecution and delivers this powerful prayer for hope. His message personifies the struggles that we share throughout the church in history, even today. The 10th verse is our highlight, and we see God as the Lord of all Grace, giving eternal salvation by Christ Jesus. Even though we (they) suffer, Peter’s prayer is that this suffering is short and moderate for the perfecting, establishing, strengthening perseverance, and while challenging, it’s sustainable. It ends with a benediction. Will you endure the difficult times to celebrate eternal Glory?
Elohei Mikkarov, God, who is near - Jeremiah 23:23; we thank You for Your reminders as we experience life for glory. We lift praise as the result of perseverance to acknowledge You as the God of all Grace. We decree and declare the blessing (the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) who gives us trials that we can refine ourselves with patience, so that; we do prepare ourselves for eternal life with His Glory. Now, for the Kingdom and Glory of God, we petition, with anointing, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, Amen.