SHINE: Restore by the Spirit — Divine Restoration

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Divine Restoration

©2011 Tonya M. Evans

January 12, 2011

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10

I reflected on the Bible passage above for a long while as I attempted to reconcile human suffering and God’s power and promise to return us to our rightful place of spiritual fortitude, clarity and strength.  I invite you to do the same.

Peter reminds us in his letter of two keys points. First, it is inevitable that we will endure suffering. We and our loved ones will experience heart ache and break, disappointments, physical and emotional pains, disasters and devastation. It’s built into our “earth school” experience that suffering is present. But not because God wills it; rather He allows us to act and interact based on our free will, which is often contrary to our divine selves and best interests. Peter’s words also imply it is a continuing process. We suffer; we are RESTORED (that is, edified before suffering comes again). Thankfully suffering is not the end of the story.

Peter then goes on to explain that God will RESTORE us after we suffer. Not “may” or “might” … God will restore. Therefore, it is not with our own strength separate from God that we are made powerful and able to endure the cycle of suffering and restoration. Only with God’s power are we RESTORED and reconnected to the power of our divine selves. Only then are we strong enough, resolved enough and committed enough for God to use us, even in the midst of suffering.

Like a good parent, the Creator waits for us to tire of suffering like a child having a tantrum who yells and cries herself to utter exhaustion. And although the text doesn’t suggest or require any affirmative step on our part, I recommend you actively seek God’s restorative power with the following passage that requests both restoration and a willing spirit:

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12

Beyond the inevitability of human suffering lies divine restoration that strengthens, clarifies and edifies us. And when we are RESTORED we are perfected in God not only to survive but to thrive regardless of the circumstances we may face. On this month’s road to restoration, remain willing and open to the process and receive the joy that comes when we are sustained by and in God.

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One Response

  1. I Love the Psalm 51:12 reference.
    Thank you

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