by Josh Caudill
Next week is Thanksgiving, but I would like to break the mold for a moment and take some time to express some gratitude. I don't make enough time or space for this in my life, so I hope you will forgive me for giving thanks before Thanksgiving is actually here.
In 1 Peter 5:10, Peter tells us, "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."
Andy gave us a beautiful exposition of this passage yesterday morning. We each face struggles in our lives that are light and momentary. They feel, at times, insurmountable, but God has dominion over eternity, and he has adopted us into this inheritance.
The God of all grace--every single grace--will restore you.
I am incredibly grateful for this restoration. I am grateful for God's promise to strengthen and establish me, no matter what uncertainties and difficulties may present themselves to me.
I am also grateful that I have lived, and continue to live, a mostly comfortable life. I was born in a stable, loving family. I am surrounded by a church community and friends who constantly support, encourage, and challenge me.
I have a fear, too, that extends beyond my recognition that I should be a more grateful person. I fear that, by not recognizing the grace of God in my life, I easily overlook the challenge of God to demonstrate this grace to others in my life. After all, it is very easy to see how God has used others in my life as instruments of His grace.
This, I think, is why Andy chose this passage to challenge us about the world orphan crisis. Around the world, there are children who seem to have no hope. God promises that their afflictions are passing, and that He, who has dominion for forever, will restore them.
This week, let us consider God's will. He is calling me to be an instrument of His grace to those who feel hopeless. I suspect that he is challenging you, likewise.
Let us pray, and let us show hope.
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Grace & Peace