Updated: Mar 14, 2020
"Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying."
As a fellow faith believer, experiencing struggle or pain, you may ask yourself why God would allow this for his faithful believers and chosen children.
To be completely honest, these thoughts have entered my mind more than once, I mean he is the Powerful “I AM,” and the God of all Grace and Mercy.
Understanding that all questions about God are already answered in the Bible, my spirit led me to 1 Peter 5:10-11.
“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. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:10-11
Reading the verse a couple of times to ensure my spirit received its power, it was clear that God knows of your struggle, as the verse states, "after you have suffered a little while."
God often used struggle to get your attention. More than anything God wants a direct relationship with you, me and all his children.
We are all chosen and called not according to our works, but according to God's own purpose and grace. God uses the "struggle" to draw you near so you can seek him for guidance. 2 Corinthians 12 states that God's power is made perfect in weakness and where there is struggle, weakness is not far behind. God is our heavenly father and like any parent, he wants to guide, direct and provide insight to where he is calling you in life. I personally can contest that my life changed when I stopped praying to God but started praying and actively listening to God for guidance.
The second part of the verse that is powerful is that after your suffering, God will restore you because he uses the struggle to strengthen who you are.
The verse details this in three ways, he uses it to make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Each word by itself is powerful but when you look deeper at each word you understand why the struggle is a real gift from God that should be embraced.
Strong defines as the ability to withstand a great force or pressure, meaning God wants to make you Powerful.
Firm defines as unlikely to change and to be resilient, meaning God wants to strengthen your foundation to withhold the hills and the valleys.
Steadfast defines as to resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering, meaning God wanted to give you the ability to recover from difficult conditions as all his children are subject to the same persecution that Jesus Christ suffered.
I hope that you find clarity in my words and my prayer is that you seek God for true understanding.
Remember, God uses struggle to get our attention, and it is his way of calling you home.
By home, I don’t mean a physical place but rather to a direct relationship with him.
Understand, that God is the creator of all things. He wants to fill you with his glory and restore you to he uniquely created you to be.
God bless, and All Glory goes to God. 🙏🏾