By Mary Stout
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, NIV)
When I posted this verse on Facebook a while ago, it surprised me that so many of my “likes” were actually “loves”. The verse resonated in my spirit as I began to understand the meaning of what my pastor says: the worst thing that ever happens to you cannot be the last thing that happens to you. It was like a light bulb going off in my head.
Whatever struggles we have, the Lord walks through them with us. It could be a small struggle you have like when you can’t decide which ranch dressing to buy at the store. Don’t be laughing. You know with the 247 kinds of dressing on the shelf it can be a chore to decide. I really do laugh at myself about it.
It could be a big personal struggle you’re dealing with such as a loss of a loved one or a job. It could be you have more month at the end of your money. It could be many things.
One thing I know is that you are not alone. All of us have struggles and sad days. You may feel alone. You may not want to do anything at the moment. It’s okay not to be okay in that moment.
Hang tight. Know the Lord is walking through it with you. It’s hard to see when you are walking through the muck, isn’t it? He will bring you out to the other side of those days with his steadfast love. After the dust settles and your eyes are clear again, you’ll see how He walked you through it. The beauty is now you are bold and strong and once again to show others your experience, strength, and hope through Jesus.
Point them to the Cross.
Prayer: Father as you walk with us today, help us lean toward you. Help us feel your amazing grace as you take our hand and lead us through. Lord, we praise you and give you thanks for all you have given us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.