Likewise you younger people,
submit yourselves to your elders.
Yes, all of you be submissive to one another,
and be clothed with humility for,
God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you
Be sober and vigilant, because your adversary the devil
walks about like a roaring lion,
seeking whom he may devour
(1 Peter 5:5-8)
As I read this passage from 1 Peter this morning, I felt I should take it to heart. I know my own self and my own pride…but I want God to give me grace- I want Him to bless me, grant me opportunities, and carry me through life. Therefore, I took this and prayed upon it.
It also says “you younger people” after addressing the elders first. For young people, submission is difficult. But it’s the test of maturity, and obedience to God’s Word. Who are the first people we should be submissive to?
Our parents. When they tell us to do something and we don’t feel like it, or obey when it doesn’t seem right to…that’s when submission has to come in. Doing what they say with a right attitude and respect is God honoring. And I know that we all, including myself, can still grow in this area.
It was also soothing to read how we can cast our cares upon the Lord because He really cares for us. Sometimes we wonder if He really does care about what we go through in different periods of life. We don’t have to wonder. It should be ingrained in our minds that we can stop worrying and fretting and leave it all in His hands because He does care.
Finally, did you ever notice that the last verse be sober and vigilant, is connected to the one above that says cast all your care upon Him ? Yes, it’s in the same context, and I just realized today how connected these verses are. We are supposed to cast our care on the Lord- but remain sober and vigilant in our Christian walk, and prayer life, because the devil wants to attack us. So casting our care does not mean becoming lazy.
What did you read today?