1 Peter 5:10 “But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
Life is full of ups and downs,…..people who are friends and people who are enemies.
Yet the way of the Lord for you, is life. Life is not a dream, or an illusion of some feeling.
Though all of us have, one time or the other, followed illusions, mostly to our hurt.
The Lord gives us truth and reality.
We think of that as hard; but to yield to the truth is freedom.
Freedom from darkness or shadows, into light.
Freedom to know…….and move on.
Life in Christ is a action-packed adventure in reaching forth in faith; and then obtaining what you reach for.
Hebrew 11 is called the “faith chapter”.
Here is recorded a few of the Old Testament saints….in brief…of how they made it through……by faith they did what God called them to do.
Was it easy? No….
…Abel died for believeing God’s way of sacrifice (verse 4).
…Noah believed God, that something that had never happened before, was going to.(verse 7)
…Abraham left all he knew, and followed God, who called him to a place “not knowing whither he went.” (Verse8)
…Joseph believed God’s promise of bringing Israel out of Egypt (though they were well thought of and prosperous when Joseph lived)….and told them to take his bones to the promised land….rather having a place there, than in entombed in Egypt. (Verse 22)
….Moses, kept the Passover, believing God would save them, and deliver them from bondage. (Verse 28)
….the walls of Jericho fell down, because they believed God, and obeyed Him (verse 30)
…and many more that were not mentioned, except by their actions (verse33-38).
And this record of faith is ongoing….
Hebrews 11:39-40 “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: (of the Christ to come)
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
Faith and grace go together….one sees God, and believes Him…..the other empowers us to do what God says.
“Without us”……not complete without us…..in other words the Old Testament saints were the beginning of the exercise of faith….to their generations…
….and we in the New Testament are to continue to exercise……by our everyday lives,…calls,…and struggles….God’s faith and grace, to our generation…
….to complete the showing of provision through Christ Jesus.
To “settle you” is to put in order and establish yourself on a permanent foundation.
To let go of all the instability of emotions, worldly thinking, and willful behavior of children….and to “hear what Christ calls us to do….and do them”.
Matthew 7:24-25 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who build his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Our foundation is Christ Jesus, and His Word. He is the Rock on which we can build our life.
To “settle” things, we need to bring them out into the light of God. We need to tell Him exactly what we think, and let Him tell us what He knows.
Then we can become grounded upon His Truth, upon Him for us.
David said that he poured out his complaint before the Lord:
Psalm 142:2-3a “I poured out my complaint before Him, I showed before Him my trouble.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path…”
Why did he need to do this? He felt completely deserted by true friends. Only God could help.
Psalm 142:4-5 “I looked on my right hand and beheld, there was no man who would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
I cried unto Thee, O Lord; I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.”
Peter wrote “settle you”; but he started the verse with: “The God of all grace”.
Grace is the unmerited favor of power…..and grace only comes from God.
Power to help us get honest with God.
Power to hear the truth.
Power to build on His Word to us.
And Freedom to enjoy the adventure ahead, with Him.