What God Promises to Do Concerning Our Trials

“Oh, no, here I go again. Another trial in my life. Lord, just how much do you think I can really handle?” Have you ever said or thought those words, or something like them? That recently? Me, too. When times like that hit, we need to avoid the temptation of thinking that maybe we have a God who doesn’t care for us or is not active in our lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The apostle Peter penned an amazing verse that testifies of an active, caring Father in heaven-even during the trials of life. It is 1 Pet. 5:10: “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” That list of actions, when studied in the original language, reveal some interesting things. Let’s briefly look at each of them:

After we have suffered a while, God will MEND us. That’s what the original meaning of the word that is translated “perfect” was. It was used in first century times of mending or repairing fishing nets – something that Peter was well acquainted with. Peter knew for certain of how God had reconditioned his life. Just think of it, God putting our lives back together again! Sounds like an active God in our lives to me.

After we have suffered a while, God will STABILIZE us. That’s what the original meaning of the word that is translated “establish” was. It carries the connotation of a constant effort to “shore up.” Peter knew well about how God can bring stability to one’s life. Just think of it, God bringing balance to our lives! Sounds like an active God in our lives to me.

After we have suffered a while, God will IMPROVE us. That’s what the original meaning of the word that is translated “strengthen” was. Peter had first-hand knowledge about how the power and patience of God can work to enhance lives. Just think of it, God making us better! Sounds like an active God in our lives to me.

After we have suffered a while, God will ANCHOR us. That’s what the original meaning of the word that is translated “settle” was. The word comes from the root word meaning “foundation.” Peter’s life sure did settle into one of firmness in Christ, didn’t it? Just think of it, God firmly fastening our lives to Him. Sounds like an active God in our lives to me.

But note the common denominator in all of these. It is after we have suffered a while. Trials are meant to strengthen, not weaken. Got trials in your life? Don’t give up or give in. Someone once noted that trials in our lives can make us either bitter or better. If we don’t become resentful or bitter, then know that God will do His part and make our lives better. “And we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Know that God has some great plans for you once the trials are over. And know that He will do so much for you “after you have suffered a while.”

Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY

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