We will continue by looking further into the verses in our text, particularly 1Peter 5:10: “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.”(KJV)
From the passage above, we need to understand a few things:
1. When the attacks of the devil come, there will be a season of suffering involved.
2. That season of suffering is temporary. The phrase “a while” denotes a passage of time but how long your own “a while” will be, depends on what you are doing individually in the midst of the devil’s attack. The season of attack may last for 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years, or 30 years but you will determine how long the season of suffering will be.
This suffering is not the normal understanding of suffering that we are all used to because firstly, there is a suffering of the problem that the devil brings. Secondly, there is a suffering that you face when you resist the problem. For example, if the attack of the devil is a sickness attack and that sickness comes with symptoms, pains, etc. These are forms of sufferings in their own right but that is not the type of suffering that the Bible is referring to!
The suffering that the devil brings is designed to kill you if you don’t do anything about it. However, when you begin to apply the process of God against the attack of the devil, there is a suffering that you will face as you combat the devil. This is similar to when you are resisting an opposing force that is trying to push you into a ditch and you are pushing back. That strain on “your muscle” for pushing back the devil’s attack is what the Bible is referring to here as “after you have suffered a while”.
If you choose not to do anything instead, that suffering will lead to death but the suffering referred to in verse 10 is as a result of taking a stand of faith to counter what the devil is doing. The same is true of a lady that was used to having sexual relation with men in return for financial provision. If she becomes born again and chooses to refrain from such past and the men withhold funds; she would suffer but it would be a suffering in the right direction as the Bible says in verse 10 above.