Week 41, Day 5
Week 41, Day 5
Scripture: 1 Peter 5
October 14, 2022
“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 your fellow believers throughout the world are 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.” (1 Peter 5:6–10)
Cast all your anxiety on God.
The number one industry in America is fear. Consider all of the ways in which we are made to feel anxious. Thousands of advertisements reminding us of what we are missing and what we can’t live without, are supplemented by a barrage of horrifying news articles and videos. WE are attacked by all fronts. The enemy prowls around looking to devour.
Cast your anxiety on God. Give the concerns of your heart and mind to God.
I’ve learned that reading, praying and meditating on Psalm 23 is really good for my heart and mind. This is an act of humility. “The Lord is my Shepherd.” That’s an expression of humility. “God you are the leader of my life,” puts us in a position of humility.
I also enjoying praying the Lord’s prayer to remind myself that I have all I need in Christ. God is caring for me.
These practices help me to turn the anxiety of my heart and mind over to God, “I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
God is with us. The devil may prowl, and look to devour, but we know that God will, in his grace, “restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
God be with you. He will lift us up.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.