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.” (1 Peter 5:10, ESV)

Suffering for being a follower of Christ is under the control of our sovereign God.  Here suffering is assumed, but it is only temporal suffering, this suffering has an end to it.  Peter doesn’t say whether the endpoint to his readers’ suffering is death or simply that the suffering will run its course and be done, probably because it was uncertain.

The hope Peter gives his readers is that after the suffering comes restoration from the God of all grace.  Despite the pain of suffering, we carry the hope that the God who called us to his eternal glory (not to our glory, but to his), will accomplish it as he restores, confirms, strengthens, and establishes us. God has given us finite suffering, but he will replace it with His infinite glory.

This is a precious and sure promise.

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