God himself will RESTORE you
The official distance of a marathon is 42.195 kilometres (or 26.219 miles). I don’t need to tell you that that is quite a distance to run but each year waiting lists grow as more and more people want to participate in these events, but why!? Surely these people aren’t daft enough not to realise that it involves a lot of suffering along the way, so what makes people sign up for the pain?
Well usually, they run the race for a good cause. They probably weigh up the ‘temporary’ pain vs. the good that can be done in the ‘long term’ with the donated money and they decide that the pain is worth it!
no doubt that it is worth it
Whilst a marathon might bring about temporary pain so might following Christ according to 1 Peter 5:10. This leaves us with the question, suffering for a little while worth it? I think Peter leaves us in no doubt that it is worth it, when we look to and remember Jesus, who made this final eternal reward of glory a certainty, by suffering on the Cross for sinners like you and me.
1 Peter 5:10 says:
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.
Are you prepared to suffer for the Gospel? Or are you not sure if it is worth it?
You can be CERTAIN that through your suffering God will eventually ‘restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.’
Ask God for endurance to run the race with the eventual prize in mind of ‘eternal glory in Christ’