“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10).
During this life, the believer will experience many trials, but notice how Peter puts them all in context:
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:6-9).
When Jesus returns, He will reward His disciples for the things they have done in His name. They may take a back seat, at times, in this life, but they will be exalted in resurrection power when Jesus returns. Some have been misunderstood in this life, but God will make all things clear in the next world:
“Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
Jesus' words to the seven churches of Asia concluded with an encouraging message:
“The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21).
Do not allow discouragement to set in; if you trust in Christ for salvation, He will one day exalt you above the trials and discouragements of this life. You will be glad you served God and His people. He will reward you for shining your light before others so that they may see Christ in you.
Lord, grant me the strength to continue serving you all the days of my life. Show me the wisdom of continuing on, and staying the course until I meet You face to face. Provide encouragement to work through all the discouragements in this life, and to set out each day to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I once again pledge myself to You and ask for grace to be faithful unto death. I thank you for the rich and precious promises that thrill my soul and keep me pressing forward. Amen.
Posted on Fri, April 29, 2016
by Sam Petitfils