In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus, so after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.
-1Peter 5:10 (NIV)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
The elderly apostle, who denied His Lord at the start of his Christian walk (fearing for his own safety) – at the close of his earthly sojourn had come to understand that after the cross, with its humiliation and sufferings, remained an eternal weight glory, found only in Christ Jesus our Lord, the foundation stone upon which out faith securely rests. Suffering with Christ is simply the portal, which translates us into His eternal joy and the glorious rejoicing of all His saints in heaven. The Lord Jesus, on the same night that He was betrayed, prayed for his disciples – not that God would remove them from the inevitable sufferings of this world, but that He would keep them safe, as they passed through their earthly journey.
Peter in like manner had come to understand that weeping may last for a night, but joy is certain to come in the morning… first the cross and then the crown. His prayer was that Christ’s followers would be firmly established, in both faith and duty, despite the difficulties that would arise in their lives – for Peter knew that all those called by God’s kindness and grace are one day to partake of God’s eternal glory and joy. He knew that those that are to be heirs of the kingdom and joint-heirs with Christ, must first suffer for a little while. But He knew that suffering has its eternal benefits, for it establishes, strengthens, perfects and matures the believer, as he grows in grace and perseverance on his journey to his celestial home,
Loving Father, I am overwhelmed by Your kindness and grace, that has called me to share in your eternal glory through Christ Jesus my Lord.
I pray that I may walk worthy of You, not shrinking from the fires of trial, but that through them I will be established and strengthened in Your Word, with my feet firmly fixed on the Rock of my salvation, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN