Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Comment: Peter repeats what he said previously but adds a couple of very important matters.
He doesn’t say not to be concerned, for that is the job of leadership. He says pass your anxieties, your fearful worrying onto God, because He is a caring Father, and worry doesn’t get you anywhere at any rate. Furthermore he introduces the concept of the great adversary – the devil. He likens the devil to a devouring lion. It is the devil’s desire to bring people down into hell. So Peter says resist him. He is going to try and wear you down by suffering . But in the end God will win, so stand firm! And I guess it all seems pretty pointless to suffer if your faith and hope doesn’t see God as having a kingdom that extends beyond death.
Prayer: Open the eyes of my understanding to the truth of eternity, please O, God.