Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld


'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 5:10

I don't know which part of this reading I like best, there is so much in it!
This week, I think the closing sentence 'God... (will) settle you' has fed me most. There is something about being settled that is both comforting and strengthening. What does it mean to be settled in God? Like a small bird settled in a nest, feeling safe and protected...
This is the place of safety we can find in the Presence of God.

We don't like the sound of suffering, trials and tribulation, but when they come remember the soul purpose of these occasions is that you afterwards may find this place of settling in His Almighty Presence; at home in the Presence of The Lord. There is nowhere else like it.
So, if I were to take the liberty of putting this verse into my own translation it might read something like this:
'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, and bring you home.'
We don't need to wait until eternity to feel 'at home' in our Lord. We can find it here, now, if we learn to lay everything down in His will and accept whatever He brings into our lives. Then Peace will be our Home and we will be very settled in Him.