“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in faith. Remember that your family of believers (your brotherhood) all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”
—-1 PETER 5:8-10, NLT
Mga kapatid, in our walk with God, the devil is always there “looking for someone to devour.” So we should “watch out” and “stay alert,” and “stand firm” and “be strong in faith,” remembering that we’re not alone because our brethren “all over the world” are “going through the same kind of suffering” we are.
In God’s kindness, we’re called to “share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.” It means that just like Christ, our Lord and Savior who suffered on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, we are going to suffer also for “a little while” for His glory. We have to share Christ’s sufferings to share God’s eternal glory. After that, God will do to us what He has done to Job, “He will restore, support and strengthen [us].” And He will place us on “a firm foundation,” which is He, where we can grow and not be shaken.
To God be the glory! Amen.
Nawa’y naunawaan po ninyo ang Salita ng Diyos na ibinahagi ko sa inyo sa tulong ng Espiritu Santo at sa awa ng Diyos Ama.