Listen to this devotional:
1 Peter 5:10 – After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. (NASB)
Psalm 138:8 – The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. (KJV)
The other day, I saw a lady with a cast on her leg, hobbling along on crutches. I wondered how she had broken her leg. I thought of the pain she would have been in. I wondered how long it was before she got to the hospital to get the cast put on. How much pain killer was she taking? And for how long? X-rays would have been taken at the hospital. The doctor would have viewed those X-rays to confirm the break. Then he would have set the broken bones in the correct position before the cast was applied, so that the bones would not be moving while they were healing. The bones were put in the perfect position and they were established in order to be strengthened.
So many times in our lives, we have a broken "bone" somewhere. It could be a broken friendship, a broken marriage, a broken church relationship. We hurt, and we suffer a while. In today's verse, among other things, we are able to understand that God acknowledges that we are in pain. He doesn't deny it, nor does He want us to. Also, we are promised that He will perfect that which concerns us. He will strengthen us. He will establish us. He will not forsake us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, life hurts. It hurts really badly sometimes. And sometimes, it lasts for a very long time. You see our pain. Thank You that You understand. Thank You that You will perfect those times, those things in our lives that cause us so much pain. Help us to trust You in those difficult times, knowing that You will strengthen us. Amen.