READ: 1 Peter 5:6-11
- The text begins alluding to God’s promise of care. It concludes with a strong promise of what God will do for those who resist the Evil One. The promise does not exclude suffering. In fact, the statement is that there will be a limited time of suffering (though no boundaries are placed) before there will be restoration. But then will come affirmation of your life with God. You will be confirmed and established.
- All of this is done by the One who is filled with grace and who seeks eternal life for us. This is the One who, at the beginning of the text, promises to care for us. God longs for His people. He suffers when we suffer. And He is faithful beyond even what He calls us to be. We can trust Him. Even when we can’t see His plan or trace His hand; we’ll trust His heart (from Trust His Heart by Babbie Mason and Eddie Carswell).
- God has one primary plan for all humans—to spend eternity in His presence. Those caught up thinking they can reveal “God’s daily plan” for our lives are missing the point. That perception is just too small. Eternity is what God is moving us to. His presence in the day to day is assured, even when we can’t see Him. But, His plan is seen most clearly and completely in Jesus dying on the cross to redeem us from our brokenness.
- Why are people so concerned with what happens today and so unconcerned about what will happen in eternity?
- How do we capture a sense of the eternal so that the daily can be put in perspective?
- What could God do for you that would be greater than He’s already done in Christ’s death/resurrection?
PRAY: Thank God for taking care of our eternity. Pray for a spirit of faithfulness to get you through the day to day. Pray that God will reveal someone you could help to be faithful.