(This post is a spiritual application of point 1 from last Friday’s post which can be seen here)
When feeling the pressures of life through circumstances conspiring against us, we can very easily become introspective. We start to think that we are the only ones who are passing through difficulties. We think that no-one else is going through what I am am going through. How am I expected to keep living for God with all these things not going my way.
When this kind of thinking takes hold we are falling into the trap of the devil who would have us despairing and disconsolate. The readers who Peter was writing to were suffering and it seems that they were in this very same danger of descending into despair . So Peter says to them in concluding his letter: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings ( 1 Pet. 5:8-9).
Rather than being introverted and thinking about ourselves and our circumstances, Peter says to his readers get looking outside.
- First of all be aware that the devil is roaming around and is desiring to consume those who are self-absorbed. Those who have lost their heads in looking inwardly are vulnerable to attack. Therefore, the believers are to regain their composure. If thy don’t do this they will be taken away by the devil. All their more inward looking would have disastrous consequences.
- Secondly, what they need to do is that all those in the family of faith are suffering in a similar way. It is common for the believer to experience hard situations and circumstances in this world. So be strong, get wise and resist the evil who otherwise will render you useless.
So don’t just bemoan your situation, like Halep and Radwanska did ( see post from last friday). Get on and fight the cause of God like all other true believers are doing in their difficulties.