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Restored, Strengthed and Established

These are examples of what God will surely do to encourage us- Restore means

to make complete. Make you strong means to enable to stand fast. Make you firm

again emphasizes strengthening. Also make you steadfast means to place on a firm,

secure foundation. All variations of the words above from different translations. We

prefer all this and possibly try to skim over the words, ‘after you have suffered a little.’

None of us escapes suffering, some to a greater or lesser degree. St. Peter

anticipates a time of suffering and persecution for his readers. When it comes, they

must be ready – level-headed, alert, prayerful and unfailingly loving to others. It should

come as no surprise to Christians to suffer for Christ’s sake. It is a cause for joy, not

discouragement. Christ’s suffering was a prelude to glory. So it is for the Christian.

God always keeps His promises. God cares for us. He perfects our Christian character

through the things we suffer. He is in control.

A few verses before, 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your worries upon Him because He

cares for you,” living these words will enable us to stay in peace, trusting God to do

what needs to be done. There are times we bring on our own suffering perhaps in trying

to control. We start to find peace despite our troubles when we accept what cannot be

changed. If we keep fighting the circumstances, we will make ourselves and the people

we love miserable. We can only change ourselves. Certainly not easy and often the last

thing we want to do.

As we soon enter Holy Week and realize the suffering our Lord went through for

us, we recognize that our suffering is small in comparison. However, our suffering is

ours and not meant to be minimized. God knows what we are going through and holds

us in His redeeming love. The final meaning of our lives may be determined by our

capacity to trust, to let go, to place ourselves in God’s hands, who can see the entire

plan for our lives.

Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God,

who are called according to His purpose.” When I am hurting and can only see

darkness, this verse helps me to believe that God sees the whole picture, not just a

small portion, I see. I pray in faith that each step is part of God’s divine design, leading

toward greater growth and fulfillment. Encouraging words from this Scripture can

enable us to recall how the Lord guides, restoring our strength. Isaiah 58:11, “Then the

Lord will guide you always and satisfy your thirst in parched places, will give strength to

your bones and you shall be like a watered garden, like a flowing spring whose waters

never fail.” Let us lean and trust on this!

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