"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."
The devil prowls, seeking someone to devour. That is what he does. He never tires, never wavers, never takes a day off. His work is to bring me to damnation. Yet as I suffer the things of this fallen world and the teeth of the devil, I know for certain that I am not alone. Others also suffer. This is the Christian life: suffering under the cross. We are encouraged to remain humble, that is, we are encouraged to always know that we are nothing in and of ourselves. There is no chance that we, on our own, can resist the devil; his evil works and ways. The comfort is that, as the Lord keeps us firm in the faith, His mighty hand will always be upon us, comforting us when faint, while at the same time crushing the devil with a nail-marked fist.
God of all grace, restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us in Your promise of salvation. Amen.
Devotion by Pastor Eli Lietzau
Produced by Around the Word Devotion