We have been thinking about what it means to “press on toward the goal” – “GLORY!” Paul and Peter have the same objective. “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). Remember that part of Paul’s goal was to “share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death” (Philippians 3:10). But the suffering is only for “a little while.” Glory is at the end of this race and suffering will be over.
In the process of running, Peter gives us the assurance that “Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you!” We often become weary, and the trials we face wear us down. This promise is for those who endure through the suffering and trials. Because Christ and His glory are the finish line of this race, it is “Himself” that runs with us to the very end. Remember Jesus’ final words to the disciples just before He ascended into heaven; “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
I was speaking with a dear friend of mine yesterday who has battled depression at various times in his life. He loves the Lord deeply and has grown in his faith over the years. But these moments of depression hit at unexpected times. I pointed him to the ministry of Jesus in Hebrews 7:25; “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Jesus is praying for him in those moments.
As you run toward the goal of glory, Jesus is with you and is praying for you. DO NOT GIVE UP! PRESS ON!
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