“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9
This was the Bible Gateway verse of the day. I was sitting and pondering all the ways I have failed at being self controlled and alert…even just this morning, responding in frustration to my children, not looking at my spouse’s interests ahead of my own, not being self controlled in my eating, not spending the time with the Lord I needed to strengthen me. Then I found this verse:
The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thes. 3:3. Thank you Lord for that timely message. I will fail, there is no doubt, but before I get too self-absorbed and caught up in my own self-depreciating thoughts, I must be reminded there is one who never fails. The one we call Faithful. Wonderful. Counselor. Almighty. He will strengthen me and protect me. I do not need to spend too much time on any “self” thoughts at all. When I am completely wrapped up in Jesus, many of those sinful behaviors lose their hold, and Satan is defeated. When I focus on Christ, instead of on me, troubles (no matter how huge) will seem minor and fleeting. Lord, help me see the world with eternal eyes today.