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Established Life

Established Life
God's Perfect Plan

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10 (NKJV)

In a previous devotional titled, Established Thoughts, we looked at the principle of how God establishes our thought-life as we commit all we do to Himwe do everything as if we are doing it for God.  This biblical truth should bring us great joy and peace, as it is a covenant and promise from God to us.  

Peace and joy are so essential in our Christian walk, but we also need to be able to have hope.  Hope is never more important than when we are in the midst of trials and tribulation.  We are given this profound truth in the Scriptures, as we are told, Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Prov. 13:12), but we are also told to "Be of good courage," and "He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD" (Ps. 31:24).  

Q:    So what can we glean from these wise sayings in the Proverbs, and how can we apply them to our life?

We can learn our hope can only truly be found in God, and not in this world.  If we keep our minds fixed upon Him and look to His Word and trust in His promises and teachings we will first be given a perfect peace (Isa. 26:3), and we will find ourselves having hope no matter what we are facing.  So if we are in the midst of a bad relationship with our spouse we can be confident God has a plan and He will guide us to do our part of His plan, even if we don't understand how it will work.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

In 1 Peter 5:10 we have another scripture giving us great hope to hold onto when we find ourselves in the midst of our trials.  It says, "But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you."

This scripture lets us know we are being perfected, established, strengthened and settled in our Christian walk as a result of going through the tough times we face.  We can see James speaking of this very thing.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today, no matter what you are facing or going through God has a plan to use it for good for those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).  God wants to do a work in us and in His sovereignty He will use everything to accomplish this work.  So no matter what we have experienced we can know God is going to use it and we are going to be shaped to be more like Jesus as a result of these things.

Now this gives me a great hope knowing God is establishing my life.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures in this devotional with respect to the trials we may face?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God to work in every aspect of your life, and to do what is best for you, including during the trials?

APPLICATION: Set your heart upon the promises of God as contained within His Word.  Trust Him completely and allow Him to guide you.  This will give you a perfect peace (Isa. 26:3).

Father, thank You for Your many promises contained within Your Word.  Thank You for giving me hope today.  Help me to remember these truths when the enemy attempts to make me anxious about what I am facing. In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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