1 Peter 5:5b-11….a little encouragement in these testing times.
5 …….be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
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.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
A few things we can extract from this to help us navigate the stormy conditions we are in:
(1) Be humble – humility is NOT being a doormat; neither is it being arrogant and aggressive. When we keep calm and act according to God’s word and character, this passage says God gives us GRACE, which is His enabling power to overcome the obstacles in our path.
(2) Cast your care on Him – this we can do in prayer and worship. It’s very difficult to worry and fret when you’re worshipping God. Doing things for other people is a good way to take your focus off your worries as well.
(3) Be SOBER and VIGILANT – stay alert and informed about what’s going on around you. I don’t watch the mainstream news, because I know it’s incredibly biased and often downright untruthful, but I do keep myself up to date with what’s happening. This helps me to know what to pray about and what to avoid.
(4) Now, about that devil…we know he’s behind all this, but this passage of scripture tells a couple of things about him. He wanders about AS a roaring lion (he isn’t one), seeking whom he MAY devour. If he does get the better of us, it’s because we gave permission by what we did or didn’t do. At the same time, he is not an adversary to be taken lightly – he’s been around a long time and he knows the ins and outs of the human psyche.
(5) RESIST him, STAND FIRM in the faith – Ephesians 6 gives us the armour of God, which is the Christian’s defence (and offence) against the devil. Familiarise yourself with it and remember, PRAYER and PRAISE are your weapons that will ultimately carry you to victory.
(6) That word SUFFERING shows up a couple of times – we don’t like that one. But these are hard times, and there are going to be some difficult and downright scary situations we must get through. These could be financial, employment or family-related, or physically dangerous – who knows? What we do know is that God will, after we have endured what’s ahead, RESTORE us, and make us STRONG, FIRM and STEADFAST.
It’s worth hanging in there – to give in and comply with the demands of a reprobate authority will lead to complete subservience. Be strong and courageous – there are many others with you in this fight!