“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
On yesterday one of the Reverends at my church preached a wonderful sermon about the importance of not letting one’s flame burn out. More specifically, he was speaking about our flame for Christ, and the importance of holding on when things are not going right.
During a time when many of us are carrying sadness around in our hearts, I want to share a very brief message of hope. The bible reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” No matter how many times I read this verse, it never loses its power. It is a beautiful way of being reminded that nothing we experience can measure up to the love of the LORD as it is eternal. I also take it to mean our struggles make us stronger for what is to come next. Life is an ever-changing vehicle that holds unpredictability, and as we work through one season, we are being prepared for the next.
It also gives us hope in tomorrow. It allows us to look pass our current struggles to something greater, even when that greater is measured in hours, days, or even weeks. How many of you planned a trip to escape a stressful job? Simply booking the trip, and knowing it is coming, is enough to put a pep in your step every day until you leave. For some magical reason, the stress you were dealing with simply does not appear to be that big anymore. It no longer occupies your thoughts or monopolize your conversations. Now, all you think and talk about is your upcoming trip and all the wonderful things you plan to do. That is another way of holding on to “hope” for a greater tomorrow. In this case, the hope of getting away for that much needed vacation.
If were to look at this verse; our greater is eternal and it is more than a vacation. And if we can simply hold on to GODS’ unchanging hand, and reflect on Peters words, “Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” AMEN
Rest in the spirit of hope family, and may it usher you into a better tomorrow.
God Bless you,
In his service,
Reverend Marshall is a Sexual Trauma Restorative Counselor. She helps survivors of sexual assault reclaim their lives by providing a pathway to emotional healing and restoration through spiritual counseling.