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.
! Peter 5:10 (NIV)
In a sermon about chosen vessels, we were reminded this morning that even those who are called will struggle. Why wouldn't we struggle? Grace does not make believers exempt from trials. Grace is about knowing, absolutely, that while we endure, God causes all things to work together for our good and for His Glory. It made me think of the old spiritual, I'm so glad trouble don't last always.
When I read 1 Peter 5:10 this morning, I felt like the sun would shine again. I was encouraged. This may not strike you as the most optimistic of scriptures, but for me, having borne so much tribulation lately, this was confirmation that while the road had been long, we'd never walked it on our own, and more importantly, it was never intended that we would not be made strong, firm, steadfast, and whole. I'm so glad trouble don't last always.
Trouble will take you to your knees. Maybe if we started there getting knocked to them wouldn't hurt so badly, but that's another conversation. Trouble will take you to your knees, but our connection through prayer means we are not, we never have been alone. I don't like being here, Lord, but because Thou are with me, I am comforted. I am assured that this tribulation will not last. I am assured that after a while, I will be restored. So, in my meantime, I have learned to be quiet, still, and surrendered. I have confessed with my soul that God is in control, and that I can patiently, prayerfully wait to be restored. I can wait, because I know I will not wait forever. You see, I can wait….'cause trouble don't last always.
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