I love reading the Bible in different translations. Sometimes the older versions choose wording that is out of our culture’s vocabulary enough to bring new light to the meaning.
This particular set of scriptures has significant meaning to me because it is the only verse I dated in my Bible. I dated it the last time I read my Bible before I fell.
“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.” -1 Peter 5:8-11
I had no idea.
In the aftermath, I was brought back to these verses when I was searching for answers about my eternal fate. It told me:
- He knew.
- I wasn’t alone.
- “The suffering won’t last forever.”
- One day I would be okay and I would be okay forever.
- He’s in control.
These things are huge for someone who knows how bad they messed up. There are people who are there right now and they need hope, not condemnation. Condemnation is ripping them to pieces and you, as a believer, have to stop it. That should be the only thing you want to do. The truth about Jesus should be screaming from every pore on your body.
He knew about your sin before it happened. He understands where you are and what is happening to you in your spirit. He knows the forces against you and He hears every word they say. For whatever reason, this is important. This pain, torment, uncertainty, terror, anger, and the blood in your tears are doing something important. Remember the story of the threshing floor? Where the wheat was stripped of it’s outer shell? The seed died and was buried. He calls you ‘wheat’. You are the wheat and your outer shell is being ripped from you. You are dying in the dirt.
Why? Why would a seed need to be exposed and shoved in the dirt? What good can come from a thunderous rain that goes on and on?
That’s what this is all about. It’s a transformation and you needed to go through whatever would be the most effective for the overall purpose. It seems so cruel, but that is where the real decision comes in. Do you want Him? Do you trust Him? You have to die to fit through the Gate and He knows what will kill you. Life through death. You have to really understand doubt to understand faith.
Then, like a parent mouthing the words for their nervous little play actor, He tells you that you’re not alone. Everyone has to go through their own personal hell and the worst thing about it is that nobody can go with you. He lets this happen by using here-and-now things and circumstances. Nobody will understand you. Nobody will know what to say to you. Nobody will want to be around you. Nothing is without purpose. “It’s the same with Christians all over the world.”
Very soon, you will be able to believe it when He says that He’ll “have you put together and on your feet for good.”
Here are the same scriptures in a different translation:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” -1 Peter 5:8-11 KJV
Resist giving up, that’s what the “adversary” is really after. Everyone not only is going through it, but they must go through it. You have been called, with grace, to eternal life, but you must “suffer for a while”. Then, He will establish you and make you stronger. He will settle you.
“He will settle you” takes on an immeasurable significance. Like an infant crying through the night. Like girl with no roots. He will “settle you.”