Over the years, one of the important parts of our ministry has been to endeavor to encourage people who are going through troubled waters, and there are far more than we can ever imagine. Even those who appear to be “on top of the world” are experiencing pressures from encounters they are experiencing that others would never suspect. Most dream of the day, or the situation that will free them from such confrontations: mental, physical …all.
As pressures increase from what we might refer to as a world in chaos, and it has all of those indications and satisfactions elude us, momentary solutions create additional problems down the line; we wonder what the future holds.
I have always enjoyed the Epistles of Peter. He in no way butters up those to whom he is writing. Many times in those two Epistles, some may conclude that his verbiage is a little curt, but to me he is forthright. He is an old fisherman, and some of the stigma of the past remains.
Peter, in addressing the twelve tribes scattered abroad, has given much instruction concerning the “shepherd” of the flock, and the humble manner that should be exercised; challenging them to be “examples” because “when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory”.
Things are not about to get easier, the pressures will become greater, the challenges more potent; but “cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” Do not cast them on the Lord and then take them back, leave them with HIM, for “He Cares”. (1 Peter 5:7)
Peter reminds us again from where the pressures originate: “your adversary the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will HIMSELF perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
Remember, He will fully equip you for whatever comes your way… mental or physical. HE CARES!