Grace - In Suffering
The God of ALL grace has provided unmerrited power and favor for triumphing before, during, and subsequent to the suffering.
1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
10 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.
It would seem that the amazing grace exuding from our God is boundless and covering all necessities and perspectives. To discover one aspect of His grace is not to have become equipped to label and place it in a box never to be allowed into another realm. He is the God of ALL grace - to imply an unboxed and dispersing version. Also, it would seem that this unbounded grace is experienced by all to a limited degree, but is available in its wholeness to those who access it by faith, as if He were truly their God over other options.
Three aspects can be drawn from this passage - grace that calls, grace that enthralls, and grace that establishes. Though we are undeveloped and still falling short of our full potential His grace treats us differently. By grace and still in this state we are drawn/called to His glory/presence. Though provided with this amazing glory by grace, it remains to be experienced by those who respond to that call and come boldly into His presence.
Since this access to His presence is such a privileged and powerful demonstration of His grace, it is the response to the call to go and remain there that will be most challenged. Life happens with its challenges and suffering, potentially diverting the focus away from the God of all grace and the call to His glory. It is critical that another aspect of grace be put into place during this time of suffering. Rather than giving up on the call to His glory, there is an opportunity to escape to it, by grace, and be kept in the trajectory of His glory’s promise.
Right there in Him is enabled the restoration, strength and stability that are the heart’s yearning and the soul’s desperation. They come from Him, however, and from a focus on the gratification of His eternal glory that is a look away from the temporal discomfort of the suffering. Living in the blessing will be sustained and maintained by a continual access of a grace to remain fixed on His glory even while living in the fulness of His benefits. “Bless the LORD, and forget not all His benefits”
May He truly be known and responded to as God as His grace spills over into every realm of life with an assurance of His presence with empowering and restoring favor.