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. . . 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.
1 Peter 5:6,7,10
In Due Time
Are you at a time in your life when things are going well, or are you suffering?
If you are at a time when things are going well, give thanks to God for his many blessings. Use your clear mind and good health to read and meditate on God’s truths in the Bible. Encourage other people with your words and actions.
If you are suffering, don’t give up. God’s protecting hand is keeping the suffering from being worse. He will not let your suffering go on forever. Instead, in due time, he will lift you up and restore you. It is not easy to be humbled by suffering, but God is full of grace. He will give you eternal glory in Christ. He promises it.
The first week of February can be a difficult time of the year. Other times of the year are easier for many people. Knowing those times are coming can give people hope.
The same can be said for the suffering we endure in this life. It is never pleasant. But let the knowledge that God will one day restore you make you strong, firm, and steadfast.
Lord Jesus, I know that you suffered for me. When I suffer, make me patient. Teach me perseverance to long for your final salvation and rest secure in your house forever. Amen.