1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace (chairō), 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. NIV
Peter in this text wanted to let us know that God desires to restore our Hearts Mind & Bodies. Just before this declaration, Peter warns us to be humble because God opposes the proud; he also warns us that the devil seeks to devour those who will allow it. It is as if he knew that we would fall short, we’d be fooled by the devil and we would have to go through a challenging time. Then reminds us that after suffering for a little while, God would RESTORE US.
As we receive God’s love, His grace (this Greek word chairō means to be joyful and to rejoice. His Joy is our strength; Nehemiah 8:10) will saturate us; we will heal and recover from the suffering over the last few years. We’ll recover from Spiritual isolation, Emotional hurts, and Physical pain.
As God is restoring us, He will also be building spiritual strength within us, by confirming our purpose, giving us succinct direction, and grounding us in His firm foundation of love/peace:
- make you strong: a Greek word (stērizō) meaning “turn resolutely in a certain direction.”
- firm: a Greek word (sthenoō) meaning “confirm in spiritual knowledge and power.”
- steadfast: Greek word (themelioō) meaning “lay the foundation/remain grounded.”
God’s going to restore us from the suffering we’ve briefly experienced and as He restores us He will also build us up spiritually allowing us to be able to stand against the devil’s attempt to devour us. Trust God to accomplish His word!!!!