“My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.”
1 Peter 5:12 (NLT)
Today, do you need encouragement?
If you feel like giving up, God is with you. He understands your situation completely because Jesus felt like giving up too. He will help you stand firm with his sustaining grace. If you stumble, he will lift you up.
You don’t deserve it, and you can’t earn it. His grace is a free gift.
God’s sustaining grace gives you wisdom when you’re tempted. The Bible promises that God will provide a way of escape when you’re tempted. It may mean turning off your favorite show. It may mean leaving a situation. It may mean changing the way you’re thinking. God will provide a way for you to escape temptation.
God’s sustaining grace gives you energy when you’re tired. Have you noticed the easy thing and the right thing are not always the same thing? God gives you the power to do the right thing when you’re exhausted.
God’s sustaining grace gives you comfort when you’re troubled. God is with us through the suffering and the pain. These seasons are temporary, and eventually you will be fully restored. God will use you to comfort others out of the comfort you have received from him. God’s sustaining grace will work in you, and then it will work through you.
Everything you are experiencing in life—both the highs and the lows—is under God’s control. He is the One who is able to sustain you through his grace.
October 2 from Open Doors: A Year of Devotions