When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain required to change, you become sufficiently motivated to grow. If you’re blocking the pain, you’re holding back your growth. If you’re experiencing more pain than you can handle, you’re too isolated from love.
To grow into your identity, you need God. God is love and only He can restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. I believe Peter was speaking from his experience of denying Christ (John 18:17, 25–27) when he wrote this verse:
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
—1 Peter 5:10
- Restore means to return to a former condition, place, or position.
- Confirm means to make publicly valid.
- Strengthen means to support, increase, and reinforce.
- Establish means to achieve permanent acceptance.
Notice the progression. Restore and confirm recover what was lost. God wants to heal you. But strengthen and establish go beyond to the unimaginable. When God establishes you, you’re permanently accepted. God has called you to eternal glory. You can’t get more permanently accepted than that.
Peter experienced God restoring, confirming, strengthening, and establishing him (John 21:15-17). You can, too!