“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
When we are suffering, we often feel as if our pain will never end. Peter gave these faithful Christians the wider perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only a little while. While some would be delivered and strengthened in their lifetimes, others would be delivered from their sufferings only through death.
All of God’s faithful followers are assured of an eternal life with Christ where there will be no suffering. Revelation 21:4.
Our troubles should not diminish our faith or dis-illusion us. We have been fore-warned about them.
Problems and human limitations have several benefits. They
remind us of Christ’s suffering for us
keep us from pride
cause us to look beyond this brief life
prove our faith to others
give God the opportunity to demonstrate His power.
Our ultimate hope when we experience terrible illness, persecution or pain is the realization that life is not all there is – there is life after death! Knowing that we will live forever with Christ in a place without sin and suffering can help us live above the pain that we face in this life. Our present bodies may make us groan. When we die we will have new bodies that will be perfect for our everlasting life. The Bible does not tell us everything about our resurrected bodies, but we know they will be perfect, without sickness, disease or pain.
The Holy Spirit within us is our guarantee that God will give us everlasting bodies at the resurrection. We have eternity in us now! This truth should give us great courage and patience to endure anything we might experience.
Of course, facing the unknown may cause us anxiety, and leaving loved ones hurt deeply but if we believe in Jesus Christ, we can have Paul’s hope and confidence of eternal life with Christ and of meeting up once again in glory.
For those who believe in Christ, death is only a prelude to eternal life with God. We will continue to live. Let this hope give you confidence and inspire you to faithful service and fight till the battle is won in the will of the Lord – whether through deliverance from pain to perfect health here on earth or in heaven.
We are touched by pain and suffering today and wonder why and when will it all end. It is decreed eventually each of us will face death unless we are raptured should you come before we die. Help us in the face of death realize that death is but the gate to eternal life for those of us who love You. We thank You that our suffering and pain in our present physical body is temporary, help us see this in the light of eternity and the hope we have in you. We shall spend eternity with You in bodies that are perfect without sickness, disease and suffering. Thank You for that hope. May we submit to Your will and give us Your grace which shall be sufficient for us as You promised. Keep us true to You in the hope You have given us for the future in heaven. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen. Accept the peace of God in the face of seeming hopelessness, for His eternal plan is for us to have perfect bodies. Share this hope with brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering and seemingly without hope. Let the Holy Spirit fill you with hope of eternal life and be blessed today.