St. Paul's Advent Devotional Day 5



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


Is Peter saying, “no pain, no gain?”  Yes and no.  I understand him to say that in order to realize God’s purpose for us in the future, may require some pain in the present.  Pain is perception.  If your toe aches you are aware of pain, but if at the same instant you accidently hit your thumb with a hammer, you forget the toe ache because your thumb has your full attention. 


In God’s overall infinite plan, the glory he has planned for us is “the hammer to the thumb.”  It is every bit as intense but in joy.  Each time we suffer our human disappointments, fears, and my “did not go my way” experiences, we grow closer to that goal of remaining focused on God’s love for us and Jesus’ example.


In Ephesians 6:12, we are reminded that in a spiritual battle the devil attacks our mind in order to weaken God’s power.  NOTHING can equal or conquer the power of God.  Evil knows it cannot win against God but can only win through the free will of man.  By using God’s armor, we grow and gain in the strength He gives us.


Jesus so wanted us to share His intimate relationship with God that he chose to endure all human pain and suffering, even unto death to give us an express lane to heaven.


Darleen Allan


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