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10/25/2017

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The Great God Of Grace


"And the God of all grace, who called you to your eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast" (1 Pet.5:10).

It is obvious that the people Peter was writing to were going through trying times or were destined to because of their faith. Even today, when Christians face those same trying times, the hard questions are inevitable. Questions like; Why does God let us suffer? Why has this disease stricken me? Why do I live with pain? Why are wicked people prospering? Why doesn't God do something about all this? I may assume that Peter's 1st century readers had not faced the persecution and ridicule when they worshiped the gods their friends and families still served.... Peter's response is found in today's verse. Suffering was for just a little while, and soon the God of all grace will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast... Like airplane pilots of the old days that flew without instruments, Peter tells us that we are to keep our eyes on the the horizon. Why? Because the Lord will return. Many years before Peter penned these words, psalmists understood their own suffering similar to what Peter was writing about. When faced with evil, they reasoned that it was temporary, and God's will would triumph... "Surely you set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction" (Psa.73:18). Peter asserted a very important Christian mantra... Grace is never ending with God, as it is essential to His very being. His grace had been experienced by the recipients of Peter's letter when they had been saved from their sins through baptism, just as it is today... They lived in grace, nevertheless, more grace was yet to be realized... They lived in anticipation of that day... Soon Peter's readers would experience the eternal glory that God has prepared for His people. If we reread today's verse, we'll find this. What Peter promises will happen through the Lord. It doesn't get any better than this.... God Himself will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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