“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 5:10 (NIV)
It is nice to know that no matter how bad we might blow it, we can never blow it bigger than God’s grace. Grace is not getting what we really deserve, and when it comes to sin, none of us deserve God’s love and attention. Yet in spite of our sin, the God of all grace has called and continues to call us us into an eternal relationship through Jesus Christ.
Usually our bad choices have consequences that cause us to suffer in some way. Though God probably could make the consequences go away, usually He doesn’t because the suffering that is caused by those consequences is one of the ways God gets us back where we need to be. Some people think suffering is the way God gets back at us for screwing up. But today’s verse reminds us that the real purpose of suffering is to restore (bring us back to) fellowship with God. God wants our suffering to make us stronger, more secure in what we believe and steadfast so we hopefully won’t make the same bad choices in our future.
Take some time to celebrate God’s amazing grace today. Thank Him for not giving us what we deserve, and thank Him for the ways he is working through our sufferings to make our relationship with Him stronger.