Have You Forgotten About Divine Restoration?

Divine restoration, as used in this article, is a reference to God’s giving us new strength and energy for the things before us.

In our text (i.e., I Pet. 5:8-11), Peter first of all urges his readers to resist the devil. And then he has them to know that God will restore them, after they have suffered a little while.

We don’t spend much time talking about resisting the devil. And every now and then we need to remind ourselves that we all must suffer, but we have some hope also. In this devotional series, I want to suggest that we should work on resisting and suffering with hope.

In this devotional, let’s focus on divine restoration. We should always be mindful that God will renew His people. In fact, the text says that God will make us strong, firm, and steadfast.

God is more than able to give us back our strength and make us steadfast. In fact, someone reading this article today is stronger, firmer, and more steadfast now than you were before suffering.

Someone knows that suffering can teach you how to pray. Suffering can teach you how to trust the Lord. Suffering can teach you how to lean and depend on the name of the Lord.

We cannot count on the powers or good will of this world. As well intending as the Congressional Black Caucus maybe, we cannot count on them. As kind hearted as many foster and adoptive parents can and should be, we need something stronger than that.

Somebody knows that the Lord can renew. The Lord can restore good health. The Lord can rejuvinate relationships. The Lord can resupply our wealth.

Thank God that there is nothing too hard for God (see Gen. 18:14). Let’s make up our minds to focus on divine renewal, instead of focusing on the suffering that we may be experiencing.

Self-Examination
List some ways in which God has already restored you in areas that you used to suffer in.

How does thinking about these issues help you cope and look forward to future divine renewal?



Prayer
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who is more powerful than any satanic influence that I will ever encounter. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people.

I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.

I confess that I have spent too much energy focusing on my current suffering, instead of your divine plan to renew Your people. Please forgive me for these and my many other sins, in the name of Jesus.

Please help me to remember and trust that divine restoration is on the way. Thank You, in the name of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Please complete the feedback form below.

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