“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 NLT (emphasis mine)
The life of a disciple of Jesus is definitely NOT passive. But it’s not a solitary existence; God is there, every step, every care, every anguish. He is there; He is present. I’m so grateful that Christ is my foundation!
I’m including a quote from C. H. Spurgeon regarding this passage. “. . .So the Christian is made strong, and firmly rooted by all the trials and storms of life. Shrink not then from the tempestuous winds of trial, but take comfort, believing that by their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you [ 1 Peter 5:10-11]. . .”
Lord, I want to be faithful to You. I admit that I desperately need You; I cannot stand firm or watch or remember without You. Thank you that You are ever present, and You care. You are glorious!