Day 4: True Grace At Work

1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
10 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.

“…according to the Christian faith, the way up always comes by going down (5:10)…Suffering always precedes subsequent glories. It was so for God’s Son (1:11). It will be so for us as well…This is the apostolic principle of true grace at work. This life is anything but ‘your best life now.’ Glory comes by way of the ground…We must get this lesson straight, no matter how old we are. For only then will we be able to get on with the task Peter calls us to – living hopeful, productive, and submissive lives for Christ.” [Helm, David R. 1-2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ’s Sufferings Preaching the Word Commentary Series, 167-168]

Prayer:  Father, fill us with the hope from your word today so we don’t lose heart, that you are the God of all grace and kindness, you have called us to your eternal glory in Christ, and your true grace is at work in us! Give us the right perspective, to see clearly that our suffering is just for a little while, then you yourself will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s be filled with hope and faith as we sing “The Awesome God You Are” by Matt Redman (click here).