1 Peter 5:9
"Resist him (the devil), firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world." ESV
There are times when very difficult things come to us. Some people have extreme tragedy. But these attacks in life come to everyone in some way or another. Yet, we groan and complain, we ask God why He is doing this to us. After all didn't He allow it? Jesus Himself told us that we would have tribulation in this world. The Word tells us it is the devil that just prowls around looking for someone to attack. His hope is that we will get mad at God, continue on in our misery, and be ineffective witnesses. As Christians, it is not our duty to pray for escape from Satan's attacks. It is our responsibility to resist the devil's scheme to get us to give up our faith. We are all in this battle and we may get wounded, but the battle is the Lord's. He will take care of us and all those Christians around the world who are going through the same things.
Heavenly Father, the consequences of sin and living in a cursed world is such that we allow ourselves to forget that we are not of this world, and we will incur wounds and scars here. Forgive us for self pity and groaning. Help us remember that all our Christian brothers and sisters are going through the same things. We know what lies ahead for us, help us to think about that. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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