For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us. Rom. 8:18
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 Pet. 5:10-11
Heavenly Father, thank you for the weariness-validating, heart-encouraging voice of the Scriptures. We begin this November weekend with light, and not-so-light, burdens weighing on our hearts and backs.
Both Peter and Paul were quite familiar with suffering. They were even more familiar with your sovereign might and copious grace. Make us more like our brothers. To suffer is to be human; but to suffer well is to belong to Jesus.
In the bigger scheme of things, as Peter said, all suffering is just for a “little while.” That’s not spin; it’s Gospel-sanity. You are “the God of all grace,” and, right on time, you will “restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish” us.
Make your grace more real than the “crazy” of 2020, and your presence more comforting than these days are disquieting. Free us to do Paul’s kind of mercy-math—calculating our future with Jesus will make all the brokenness and pain of this life seem “light and momentary” (2 Cor. 4:17-18). So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ faithful and beautiful name.