In our weekly lectionary study we have been studying 1 Peter. Here is an attention-grabbing text for us:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 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. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:6–11).
Have there been times in your life when you felt that you were in over your head?
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police give all applicants an exam. The exam proposed to the would-be constables a hypothetical situation and what their response might be. He arrives at a gas explosion to find numerous casualties. He notices a drunk driver whom he recognizes as the wife of a senior official. A nearby woman starts to give birth. Someone is drowning in a canal, while a fight breaks out which could result in loss of life and damage. The question: “In a few words, describe what you would do.”
One applicant wrote: “I would remove my uniform and mingle with the crowd.” He was over his head and he knew it.
Sometimes the better part of valor is to recognize our limits and throw ourselves on God’s mercy. For as we read, “God of all grace…will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.”