Ever been told to be anxious for nothing? Ever been told not to worry? Ever been told what to do or what you should do or what you could do instead? Ever been told why? Ever heard the saying the following saying?
‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ‘
–from 1 Peter 5:6-11
Where are you at today? What are you facing? What is your giant? What is your struggle? What is your challenge? Will you trust God enough to give it up to Him because He cares for you? Worry changes nothing!
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
–from Matthew 6:25-34
Today’s reading comes to us from 1 Peter 5 and says…
Shepherd the Flock of God
1So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14Greet one another with the kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
–from 1 Peter 5
Have you been put into a position of leadership? Do you realize that is because of God? Do you realize you have been put there for a reason? Is it a reason to be a good example for others? Is it a reason to be a tyrant so people turn back to God? How would you like to be used by God? How would you like to be remembered? How would you like your legacy to be remembered as? The people around you, what do they say about you when you aren’t in the room? Are you aligning to what God’s Word says? Are you being a humble, servant leader? Are you being some other kind of person who has been put into a position of authority? Is God’s purpose in and through you and for you being accomplished in you?
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the impact of the Bible on “Enoch Arden”. We learn how the Bible often inspires Alfred, Lord Tennyson‘s writing in today’s devotional. Today’s example is “Enoch Arden”. We learn how Tennyson writing about how people should trust in God during times of hardship and anxiety when he alludes to a verse from today’s reading in 1 Peter 5:7 which says:
‘casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. ‘ — from 1 Peter 5:7
when he writes
So will you cast all your cares on God? Will you pray or talk with Him when stressful times come up rather than becoming worried or anxious? Will you live out your life in relationship with Him? Will you make the choice to not go through life alone and without Him?
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Will you please help me to feel healthier and rested today? Will you allow me to be salt and light into the world around me? Will you help me Lord to be the person You created me to be granting me the eyes to see and the ears to hear how I am to accomplish that? Can You help me Lord to take hold of the visions and the dreams so that in and through all that I think, say, and do You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.