Peter finishes up the 1st letter with a package of truths that would blow away any theologian. For the church leaders, lead like shepherds laying their lives down for their sheep. For the up and coming, He says submit and be humble–the God will lift them up and then they will learn from the best! With that, Peter tells the folks to toss God your burdens! He does not mind, because He personally cares for His own.
Then Peter speaks of the enemy–Look at the world soberly and alert. The enemy is prowling around just looking for opportunities to devour God’s chosen. The great truth is that if one will resist Satan, in time He, like any bully will flee as an embarrassment. The trails and suffering people face are not unique. So, if Christ’s own will trust and follow Him after they face the training and discipline, He will lift them up, bless them, and cause them to be strong.
In our lives, the groups of truth contained in Chapter 5 are unprecedented in their magnitude and depth. If we could cling to this one group of verses we could face anything the enemy or the world might throw at us. Help me, Lord, to take this word to heart and honor You through Good times and trials.
God Bless You
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[a]
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power forever and ever.
This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33
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