I wrote this last year when my family was in a transition of moving across the nation. My husband was in Texas, my children and I in the northwest living with family while I worked and he looked for a job here. Our reason for moving across the nation? My mom was fighting cancer and I couldn’t bear to live so far away from her. This was such a hard time, especially when two other members of my immediate family became ill with life-threatening health problems. After a full week at work, I couldn’t sleep so I turned to my Bible, to 1st Peter chapter five. You know, God amazes me sometimes. He knows exactly what we need and He always helps us find encouragement, provided we are willing to open our hearts to his word.
From 1st Peter chapter 5:7-10
“Cast your anxiety (cares) on him because he cares for you.”
Where would we be without this timeless script, one we’ve all taken comfort in? I know I am grateful to have this reassurance in times of trouble.
“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for something to devour!”
We have all heard that one, amidst the hellfire and brimstone message of ageless preachers. It is a legitimate warning, to be sure, yet another section of this passage spoke to me this morning at 2:30 when I could not sleep.
“…the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering.”
What a comforting thought, that you are not alone and others understand your plight. Thank you, Jesus, for every silver lining.
“…after you have suffered a little while…”
A little while. Consider not why we suffer but simply that we do, as everyone does. Struggles are unavoidable because sin is constant in this world, but there is hope. The pain lasts “a little while”. Perhaps this applies to your current season of trial. It is certainly applicable to the length of one life compared to eternity, but either way you look at it there is a time limit. HARDSHIP—SUFFERING—HAS AN END. And, you have a promise! That, “…the God of all grace…will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.”
What a relief. Not only do we have peace in times of struggle but there is healing, restoration, strengthening and joy to be found in the end.