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Day Five – “And the God of All Grace…Will Himself Restore You”

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

1 Peter 5:6-11 (NIV)

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all 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.  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection:

There is much suffering in this world, and we ourselves are not promised freedom from it. Jesus tells his disciples (John 16:33), “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I [Jesus] have overcome the world.” What hope have we to cling to in the midst of our present suffering, trouble or hardship? The promise of grace.

1 Peter was a letter written by Peter to the church scattered and suffering for the faith, giving hope and comfort, and urging the suffering church to stand firm in faith. In 1 Peter 5, Peter is specifically addressing the leaders and the flock of the church. In the midst of their present suffering and hardship, he exhorts the church to humble themselves under God’s mighty power that they may be lifted up by his grace. In their time of trying faith, he directs the church to seek God’s face and to be found in his grace. He assures the church that the God of all grace will surely restore them, strengthen them, and enable them to stand firm. Our present suffering is but for a moment, but the future glory that awaits us, those God has called, is eternal.

Today in the midst of all things we can seek God’s face and be found in Him. Only by God’s grace can continue to persevere and have hope to stand firm when troubles or hardship come. As we humble ourselves under God’s mighty power, may He lift us up and carry us through to the end. Let us approach the God of all grace who has called us to eternal glory in Christ.

Day Four – “I Will Accept His Prayer…”

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Day Three – “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Day Two: “I Myself Will See Him…”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Day One: “I Will Be Satisfied With Seeing Your Likeness”

Monday, September 29th, 2014