1 Peter 5:6-10 New International Version
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.
In the first verse of 1st Peter, he tells us he is writing to converted Jews who have been dispersed or scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. Peter wrote to Christian Jews, who were facing or about to face calamities and persecution in their lives. He gives us the following instructions on living the Christian life and persevering through the trials and tribulations that come our way;
- Be humble
- Cast all our cares on God
- Be alert
- Be of sober mind
- Resist the devil
- Stand firm in our faith
We learn from the parable of Jesus about the Pharisee and publican, that in prayer we should approach God humbly. We learn from His other teachings that we should display the spirit of humility to our fellow humans. No one loves a braggart. God wants us to approach Him as sinners saved by His grace and to treat others as we want to be treated.
We are to take all of our problems to God. He is the great counselor. If we look to the world for answers, we will always find ourselves looking. There is no other place to find lasting peace and contentment.
We are to remain alert and of sober mind. Always aware of our surroundings and our opportunities to help. We are to be serious minded, concentrating on being the ambassador that God will use. Naturally, we can laugh when it is the time to laugh, but serious in showing Christ to all we meet. Especially in times of trouble we are to remain alert, sober minded and focused on God.
We are to always be on guard for the tricks of the devil. As with Eve, Satan will try to get us to rationalize and justify certain words or deeds. Peter tells us to resist the devil. Naturally, God allows trials and tribulations, but the devil is behind them. Whether on the mountaintop or in the valleys of life, we must resist the devil.
Finally, Peter encourages us to stand firm in our faith and trust in God. Regardless of what storms come our way, God’s grace is sufficient. Through prayer and meditation, maintain a steadfast and constant faith, knowing that God is in control.
A simple lesson from Peter with simple instructions and an amazing promise.
God will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.