Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
1 Peter 5:6-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert.[a] Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters[b] in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Continuing the theme from yesterday’s reading, 1 Peter reminds us that God is trustworthy and therefore we should do three things: 1) “Cast all our anxiety” on God because God cares for us; 2) Humble ourselves; and 3) Discipline ourselves and keep alert. The call to discipline and alertness is important because there is the ever-present temptations—especially in difficult times—to let anxiety and fear rule our lives, to imagine that we have ultimate control over our lives or to inflate our own self-importance, and to become lax in our self-discipline and in paying attention to what is most important as followers of Jesus.
What is most important? Jesus told us: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster