But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:10-11 KJV)
It's interesting what we focus on in various scripture verses. I suppose it has to do with our circumstances and frame of mind at the time. Before I always focused on the part that says, "...after that ye have suffered a while..." I was encouraged to see it would not last. But this was a self-centered, man centered way to look at this scripture.
The focus should be on God. What can I learn about God and what He does from this passage?
1. He is the God of all grace
2. He called us
3. He possesses eternal glory
4. He brings us into His eternal glory by Christ Jesus
5. He will perfect (mature) us.
6. He will stablish us (make us stand firm)
7. He will strengthen us
8. He will settle (calm) us
9. He is forever glorious.
10. He has dominion over all things forever and ever.
There are all these things to focus on about God and what He does, yet we tend to focus on one tiny piece about suffering for a while. How small our view is! We look in the wrong end of the telescope and see only a tiny pinpoint about suffering instead of turning the telescope around and seeing the whole glorious view of who God is and a what he has and is doing.