1 Peter 5:8-11
It is almost the end of another year. How quickly the time has passed again. I often hear, “Where has the year gone?” It is almost time for the cringeworthy question, “What are your New Year resolutions? The stats for 2012 suggested that only 8% of people achieve their new plans. The statistics also mentioned that people who shared their plans with others, making themselves accountable, had a much higher chance of success.
As I read these few verses, I was reminded of powerful battles raging all around me and within me. It is not a pleasant thought to remember that Satan is prowling “like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” It is an internal battle for us all to resist him and stand firm against those things that tempt us most. And those New Year resolutions, how are often are they related to our internal battles I wonder. A comforting thought was in James’ FDR post last week when he reminded us from I Cor 10:13 God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Thank you Lord!
Another doxology, which ends this book, reminds us that our God of grace, our God who has chosen us to be with him for all eternity, will allow us to be tempted, and allow us to suffer for a little while as he polishes us, mends us, re-focuses us, so that we are stronger, firmer and more steadfast in him.
How do I respond to that promise from the Lord of the universe?
At this time of the year, my response sounds like a New Year resolution! I pray that my daily focus will be on my Heavenly Father and his will for my life. To help my focus, I pray that I will start each day with prayer and reading his word so that, in His power, I can become stronger, firmer and more steadfast in my walk with Him and then, an encouragement to those around me.
Feel free to keep me accountable throughout the year to help me beat the stats.