The common bond of the brotherhood
Scripture reading for October 13th: 1st Peter 5, Psalm 55, Proverbs 19
1st Peter 5:6-11 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 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. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
In this life, we as believers will face trials, persecution, and suffering. We are to humbly accept that God is sovereign over every area of our lives and look to Him in daily prayer. Peter tells the Church to cast all their anxieties on the Lord because God cares for each person. He warns the believers that they have an adversary that is not flesh and blood: the devil. Faith is the weapon of choice in dealing with demonic power. We also are to recognize that satanic attacks and trials of our faith are common to all believers in all the world. God hears each one’s cries and will save and deliver them at the proper time: “a little while.” In the mean time, we are to keep watch and pray in faith. Our Lord will deliver us ‘in a little while’ and we will rule and reign with Him forever and ever! Amen!
Psalm 55:16-18 “But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and He hears my voice. He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.”
Prayer: Father God, I often fret about the trouble in this world. Forgive me for my lack of faith and failure to gain understanding from your Word. I am slowly learning to cast all my anxieties on You and trusting in Your care for me and others. Thank You that You do care for each believer around the world that is undergoing a fiery trial. Empower me to pray for them and keep watch and warn of the devil’s attacks.
Proverbs 19:11 “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”