God allows His children to suffer — but only for a while.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10

Wherever you’re at right now, realize that God’s grace does lead some of us into suffering. It is an invalid idea which suggests that God’s grace makes life a bed of roses. Instead, grace will lead God’s people through trials and persecution but only for a while. How long is “a while”? Consider this: our entire lives are but a moment when compared with the eternal glory to which we are called.

The apostle Peter would abhor the so-called “Prosperity Gospel” because it denies that God’s grace has a purpose for those who are not prospering. Would you be perfected, stablished, strengthened and settled by God’s grace? Then wait a while as all grace works His Will in you.

No matter where you are, may you be “under the mighty hand of God” (v.6) which guides His dear children toward eternal comfort. Need you greater proof that “He careth for you” (v.7)?

  • David

    I would say that dubbing life a bed of roses is very accurate. What people forget is that, although beautiful, roses have thorns.