You ARE NOT alone...
Updated: Sep 4, 2021
1 Peter 5: 6-10 (KJV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1 Peter 5: 6-10 (NLT)
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
After comparing both versions of 1 Peter 5:9, I searched Merriam-Webster for the words "accomplished" and "go through."
1a: proficient as the result of practice or training
also : skillfully done or produced
2: established beyond doubt or dispute
1: to continue firmly or obstinately to the end
2a: to receive approval or sanction
b: to come to a desired or satisfactory conclusion
Perhaps, we believe that our situation is unique to us alone. That nobody else can possibly imagine what it feels like. Some of us are afraid to speak up and share with another believer how we feel, ask for prayer or advice. It's in these moments when we should do what we're afraid to do. I know that, although I probably don't have the exact situation you do in this very moment, I can probably relate to some of the emotions, feelings, and thoughts you are having. This is where most of us can connect and empathize - in the matters of the heart and mind. You and I are not alone. We have a family of believers that identify with us and that I KNOW pray for all of us in the Church.
There are six things Peter asked us to do:
So humble (submit) yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Stand firm against him,
and be strong in your faith.
Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
Every trial we've gone through and any trial we share with each other, serves as practice or training so that we can become "established beyond doubt or dispute." All the sufferings we have or are going through, should be "continued firmly to the end." We will receive God's approval "and at the right time he will lift you up in honor (verse 6); he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation (verse 10)." Brother and sister in Christ, You ARE NOT alone! I am not alone! We are one body fighting the same fight; fighting the same forces. The battleground is our mind, hearts and lives. Let's remember that we have been saved and called and belong to the God of heaven's armies! I pray that we trust God's Word and His salvation in times of trouble. No matter our situation, we walk by faith, not sight. I am with you in prayer!
I leave you with these two verses:
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
This is for you!