“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.”
Most people would not understand this title because when they think of struggle there is no beauty in it. However, once you come out of the struggle, you realize the beauty of it. Pastor Jackson unpacked this passage in a way that allowed us to see the purpose of the struggle and what benefits are in it for us.
Many of us have been through some type of struggle rather it was physical, financial, marital, or employment. What you have been through in your past is building you for your breakthrough in your present. The struggles you face today are only the strength you need for tomorrow. It is in comparison to a person wanting to get physically stronger and joins a gym. In order to gain muscle and get stronger one must lift more weight. This is the same way God prepares us at times to get spiritually fit. He will allow us to struggle in an area in order for us to get stronger in that area. The marriage wouldn’t be strong now if it had not been for the struggle then or the business would not be successful now if it wasn’t for the struggle in the beginning. Now that you look back it might not have been easy but it was certainly worth it.
One of the keys to overcoming the struggle is we must do our part. While in your struggle don’t allow the enemy to have that much power over your mind. We must always keep God in whatever circumstance we may face and hold on to our faith. If God allows you to go through the situation then it’s preparing you to get to your destination. The struggle is building humility in you for the next level blessing that God is preparing for you. It is important to keep a sober mind when going through adversity. The enemy will use distractions to cloud your mind so that you can’t focus on the promises of God. Once we have done our part of trusting God through the struggle and the storms of life then we will see God do His part.
The text says that God will restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. The good news about the struggle is that God puts an expiration date on it. Don’t panic and throw in the towel, quit, or give in because victory is coming your way. Family, continue to trust God even in the moments when you can’t trace Him and watch Him bring forth your testimony.