Careful

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

One may be like a bull in a china shop and another meek as a mouse. The care we take or forsake in our dealings with each other matters. Some cause damage by what they say, others by their inactivity. 

When our need for care arises in our lives, we sometimes forsake logic or reason to get what we want. A young girl who grows up without a strong father figure will seek a young man’s love and attention quickly, often, to the detriment of her future. 

It is a growing statistic that young men who grow up without a father figure in the home will more likely be incarcerated at a young age with a life of crime. Gangs grow because the sense of belonging is elemental in all of us.

If we would just do as God asks of us, many of our societal ills would disappear. Where are the mentors for those youths who desperately seek guidance? Where are the parents absent in their own homes and do not find out till it is too late that they missed their opportunity?

We are careful to check our bank balance and our retirement portfolio, but are we careful to check the most important relationships in life?

We think we know what is best but fail miserably because we fail to involve God in the most crucial part of life. Peter knew all too well what part his pride had in nearly ruining his ministry.

Jesus clarified for us that it was not Peter’s denial that was in question that night. It was the fact that his failure may extinguish the faith he already had. 

Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

Humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God, we can more clearly see the wiles of the devil and be careful how to act and not react. 

1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

I have found strength in the relationships of those who have suffered through the trials I now face. To know first that the trial is temporary and second, that there is a victory on the other side is such an encouragement. But, that does not stop the adversary from attacking. 

When we are careful to recognize that our strength and power is in our relationship with God, we can face whatever comes our way. We talk of living under the shadow of His wings, finding protection in Him as our high tower. He is our buckler and shield. He is my Redeemer, my Savior, my Comfort, and my All in All. Until we place ourselves in His care, there is some element of trust we put in our flesh.

We are told, 

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Placing not some, but all our care. Our logic aside, we must have faith that our Heavenly Father knows what is best for us. Many have a long list of failures to testify that our decisions are fallible. Wisdom is the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.

O Lord, help us be careful to trust you in every aspect of our day today.

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