|STRONG, FIRM AND STEADFAST
1 Peter 5:6-11
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 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.
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. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
The words “Strong, Firm and Steadfast” jump off the page at me, as these are attributes that “the God of all grace” plans to use to restore me from my suffering. The word “strong” indicates that God will bring me through to be able to uphold and stand in place, in soul, mind and body, and will be standing ready and prepared, and will not hesitate or waiver. The word “firm” indicates that He will make me stable and constant (again, in soul, mind and body), and that I will be “still” in the Lord. The word “steadfast” indicates that He will make me able to withstand anything in His established foundation—including His WAY, His TRUTH and His LIFE.
With this kind of assurance from the Lord, I want to honor Him with everything I have. He wants me to free from anxiety from whatever I’m afraid of, so I’m going to give all my anxiety to Him. He wants me to be alert and of sober mind, so I’m going to give all my distractions to Him. He also wants me to recognize that I’m not going through this alone—there are actually many throughout the world undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
What He wants me to see is that HE is upholding me, guiding me, directing me and cleansing me from anxiety and distractions. Whenever I turn to Him, and I turn my anxiety and distractions over to Him, He makes me strong, firm and steadfast IN HIM.
Lord, THANK YOU for giving me this word of encouragement today. I can’t wait to see what You do next in my life!