Strong, Firm and Steadfast

I Peter 5:10: “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.”

Sometimes I feel as if I suffer a long time, not “a little while.” I long for God’s promised restoration and wonder when he’ll make me “strong, firm and steadfast” again.

The anniversary of my son’s homegoing, his birthday, and Mother’s Day all occur in May. I told God I wanted to sense his presence, power, and love this month. I didn’t want to feel abandoned or depressed.

God used his “neighborhood angels” to power wash my driveway and sidewalk, to wash the “tiger striping” off my gutters, and to paint a rusty spot at the top of my chimney. A neighbor’s daughter and granddaughter brought me big hugs and dinner on Mother’s Day.

The day after Mother’s Day, a former co-worker and I went out to lunch.

Perhaps you also face painful anniversaries or suffer in other ways. God promises to restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. As you suffer, remind God of his promise and hang onto it.

Dear God, help me remember you will restore me. Amen.

Application: What suffering will you endure “a little while” this week?

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