6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11
We are called to humble ourselves before the Lord. The Lord pours out His grace and His mercy upon the humble and low of heart. The arrogant and prideful He resists. We are saved by His grace and mercy alone and when we understand this, we will walk in humility all our lives. Humbling ourselves under the Lord is key because in His perfect time the Lord will raise us up to the position He has prepared us for. Everything God does in our lives has a purpose behind it and nothing is wasted.
We are called to cast our anxiety and cares upon Him. It is very easy to keep fixed on what we can see with our eyes and feel overwhelmed with anxiety and fear. But when our eyes are fixed upon Jesus alone we will walk in perfect peace. I love the story from the gospels of when Peter walked upon the water and did so as long as his eyes were upon Jesus. But once Peter got focused on the storm instead, he began to sink. Fixing our eyes on Jesus is key for all things.
We are called to be sober and be alert. Satan is driving to kill, steal, and destroy. Even though he no longer has authority over the sons and daughters of God, he still does all that he can to try to destroy as many lives as possible. His schemes and plans are well laid and planned. The mistake many make is they become lax in their relationship with God and fall prey to the schemes of the enemy. We are called to be diligent like soldiers in the military who are always prepared for combat and war.
We are called to resist the devil. Resist is an active word. It means to stand against in the strength and power we have in Jesus Christ. We are not called to be a doormat for the enemy and simply stand by and watch him destroy the lives around us. We are called to resist him and this takes place in the place of prayer. Prayer is the place where we are able to operate in the authority we have in Christ. We are called to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and to pray in the Spirit on all occasions.
Our brothers and sisters all over the world are suffering for the name of Jesus. Suffering comes in many different shapes and sizes. But we should never think it strange when we suffer for the name of Jesus. The devil desires to destroy us, but everything Satan has meant for wickedness the Lord will use for our goodness and His glory.
Suffering is not something that will last forever and in the face of suffering the Lord will fill us with His strength and His grace. The Lord’s strength is perfected in our weakness and His grace is sufficient. It is Him who carries us through every trial and challenge we face upon this earth. There is a deep work that takes place in every trial we face. We must seek to be filled with God’s wisdom and His righteousness. Asking the Lord to give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand.
All dominion and authority belong to Jesus Christ. When Jesus went to the cross and dies upon the cross, He overcame the curse of sin and death. He overcame the grave and now sits at the right hand of God. In Him we will have victory in every and all circumstances. Let us simply trust Him with our whole heart and keep our eyes fixed upon Him and prepare our hearts for His return.