God’s Great Resource

1 Peter 5:6-11 (ESV) ~ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

These verses conclude Peter’s letters to the believers. But before he makes his final remarks, he has one more important subject to discuss: the suffering of the believer and how God can work and will work. The believer suffers greatly in this world. The believer not only bears the natural sufferings of this world that all men suffer, but he is also attacked because of his faith in Christ, not only from the devil but also from unbelievers.

 

But, during these attacks, the genuine believer has a great promise: God will take care of him through all the sufferings of this life. God will keep and preserve the believer.

 

Verse 10 ~ There are two great resources are mentioned: His Grace and His Eternal Glory. Everything that God does for the believer is because of His Grace.

 

Verse 10 ~ “…who has called you…”

  • 1 Timothy 6:12 (ESV) ~ “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (ESV) ~ “…we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”

 

Verse 10 ~ “… restore …”

  • Hebrews 13:21 (ESV) ~ “… equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
  • God takes all of the displaced joints and broken limbs of life and uses them to adjust our character. He uses all the trials and temptations, difficulties and persecutions—all the sufferings of life—and makes us more and more like Christ. If we are truly called of God and if we truly love God, then God will take all that ever happens to us and work it out for good. He will restore us, fit all the parts of life together and lead us to glory. This is the glorious grace and call of God to eternal glory.

 

Verse 10 ~ “…strengthen…”

  • God Himself will “strengthen” us. This is the only time this word is used in the New Testament. Most translators say that it means strength. It would, therefore, mean to be filled with all strength, with all the strength necessary to overcome all the trials and temptations and sufferings of life. Again, remember that it is only God Himself who can give us such enormous strength. And He will, if we will only draw near Him.
  • Philippians 4:13 (ESV) ~ “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

 

Verse 10 ~ “…establish you.”

  • The word “stablish” means to make stedfast, firm, and solid. It means to be firmly set, as firmly as if one was set in reinforced concrete. It means to be immovable. God is able to attach us to Himself to such a degree that we will be immovable, no matter how severe the attack of temptation or suffering. But remember our duty: we must resist the devil and resist him stedfastly (1 Peter 5:8). The promise is clear: if we resist the devil and draw near God, He will draw near us (James 4:7-8).
  • 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV) ~ “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
  • James 4:7-8 (ESV) ~ “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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One Response to “God’s Great Resource”

  1. Debby Wilks says:

    It sure is good to know that all of this suffering serves a purpose, to make me more like Him.

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