“In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. All power to Him forever. Amen.”
1 Peter 5:10-11
Peter wrote his letter to encourage the churches to continue to persevere through persecution; to stand firm against any attacks of the enemy and against those who hated the church. Peter wonderfully finishes the first of his letters, with these uplifting and encouraging words. His words are so powerful and full of truth, that even believers today can take encouragement from them.
There will be an end to your suffering. Jesus will restore you, support you and strengthen you. You may too be suffering, perhaps not from persecution, but from a different source. May Peter’s words be a source of encouragement for you too. He will help you and place you on a firm foundation that cannot be shaken. That place is in the palm of His hands. Don’t fear. You are safe. God is your strong tower, a place of refuge and help in the time of our need. Be encouraged, all will be well. Put your hope in Him. He is reliable, steadfast and greater than all our problems or needs.