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 for ever and ever. Amen.
12 With the help of Silas,[b] whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Humble and Alert
To the youthful members of the churches in northwest Turkey, Peter tells them that they should be humble and alert. The humility should be to those who are older and wiser, but the primary humility is with regard to God. For every member of every church, the main goal is to cultivate a posture of consistent submission to God. The anxieties of life often weigh us down when we are trying to make the most of things by ourselves. If we keep our eyes on God we can cast off our anxieties as soon as we are aware of them. Anxiety is a common condition of the heart. We are nervous and fearful, but it is often because we are not thinking of the mighty hands of God that are large enough to take away the anxieties and give us strength to face our fears.
Secondly, we can long for oblivion. I mean the kind of oblivion that is embraced by those who pursue the forgetfulness of TV, alcohol, or drugs. We want to dull the senses to get through life, but Peter tells his audience to heighten our senses. In my opinion many American Christians are removed from the game because they fall asleep. They become dead through business and distraction. Satan in effect has one his battle with them. If we are alert to things that really matter, we will suffer for stirring people from their slumber. However, many faithful believers around the world are suffering for their faith and we need to show solidarity with them.
May we humble ourselves under your leadership. Le us not rely overly much on our own perceptions, but let us rely on you. Help us also to stay awake and be alert. I feel so drained at the end of a busy day, it is easy to try and live the next day in a daze of busy activity or mindless entertainment. Help us to see you and act on your desires for our lives and the lives of our family.
- What commands does Peter pass on to his readers?
- How did following these commands help readers endure suffering?
- What anxieties would the original recipients have cast upon God?
- How are you modeling humility for the next generation?
- How are you modeling alertness to the things of God?