Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 10.29.21

By October 29, 2021Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-11

Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. Do so in the knowledge that your fellow believers are enduring the same suffering throughout the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, the one who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, empower, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be power forever and always. Amen.

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 temptation — 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 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 moment of your day with me, with God, and with these words of scripture and reflection.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor


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