1 Peter 5: 4-11
4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility towards one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 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. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
"Do you realize the extent to which God wants to care for you, and wants to love you?"
In this letter, Peter instructs the persecuted Christians to cast all of their anxieties onto God because he cares for them. Many people forget that God cares and that he is waiting for us to just rest in him. It is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world. I know you have probably heard this message before, but are you taking it to heart?
Do you realize the extent to which God wants to care for you, and wants to love you? We hear it all the time but it is so easy to forget how blessed we are to have someone who will take us at our worst and just love and care for us when we need it most.
Especially during these trying times, people are struggling now more than ever, but as Peter says in verse 9, we must resist the enemy and stand firm in our faith because there is suffering throughout our entire nation. We must rely on God and keep running the race that has been set before us. Anxiety and worry have been running rampant in the world during the year 2020, but we must not forget who is in control. In verse 10, Peter goes on to say that after we have suffered for a little while, God will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. Keep your head high, and your eyes lifted to the one who is in control because although we are in times of tribulation, God cares for us.
January 20, 2021