God: "Suffer a little while... and then I've got your back" (1 Peter 5:10)

"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." - 1 Peter 5:10

I don't know about you but about the last thing in this world I would want to hear is "Oh, you're miserable in there? Well, after you've been miserable a little while, I'll send my buddy in to refresh you."

This verse is likely intended to instill confidence in our Lord and His ability to save us out whatever trials we face. The context for this is dealing with the attacks of the enemy. We want to worship a God who removes us from all strife and pain, but that isn't what the Lord is promising here.

Rather, he is telling us to rejoice in ours suffering, "knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world." - verse 9. Our God is one who allows us to be refined by the difficulties of life but then promises to deliver us. He never told us He would take us out of this world, just that He would be with us in the midst of it.

I can name many times in my life which were absolutely miserable times, and I begged and begged the Lord to take me out of them, but He did not. Instead he let me suffer a little while. Then restored me, confirmed me, strengthened me, and established me. I can look back on all those experiences (granted some took years) and see the hand of the Lord and His great love in choosing to make me the man that I am today through such tough circumstances.

Suffering made me a man calm enough, and appreciative enough to be a decent husband to my wife (I wont say good...) and suffering has given me perspective enough to love my daughter even when she's crying in the middle of the night.

I praise God he let me suffer a little while, though admittedly, it isn't how I would have done it. But I suppose that's why I'm not the big guy upstairs. He is.

Do you find yourself praying, "Lord make me humble, but I don't want it to be embarrassing. Lord make me patient, but I don't want it to hurt. Lord make me like your son, but I don't want to go through the fire."?

I know I do, but His ways are higher than ours.

To me beer is part of the refreshing after the difficulty.