God Cares for You

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 5:5-14 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand . . . Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (vv. 6-7 NIV) In a dangerous world we are anxious about many things: our health, the children, our reputation, war and peace. But in the final analysis, all our anxieties are due to our finiteness. We are not in control. Peter tells us to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. But what does that …

Humility

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 5:5-11 All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. (v. 5 NIV) Humility is an attitude that enables us to serve each other in ordinary and down-to-earth ways. Humility thinks neither too highly of itself nor too lowly (cf. Rom. 12:3). Both our creation and our redemption teach us humility. Carl Sagan, the astronomer, suggests that we think of earth as “a pale blue dot” floating in space, like a mote of airborne dust …

Tending the Flock

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 5:1-5 To the elders among you . . . be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care. (vv. 1-2 NIV) If we suppose that this is only some stale advice on church governance, we’re forgetting that the church makes its home in the crucible, and that the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion (5:5). This command is calling for leadership in a combat zone. In many of the earliest Greek manuscripts …

The Crucible

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 4:12-19 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering. (v. 12 NIV) You may know the word crucible from the title of a play by Arthur Miller, The Crucible. The word itself comes out of the laboratory, describing a container for melting and purifying metal under great heat. The word has become synonymous with a severe test, or a place in which various forces have interacted to cause tremendous stress. The …

A Covering Love

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 4:7-11 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (v. 8 NIV) To live the life of heaven is to live a life of love. When Christians practice an unwavering love for each other; when a college professor, a single mom, and a security guard sit at table together, offer hospitality to each other, and minister to each other according to the grace given each; then we are witnessing not …

Wives

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 3:1-9 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over. (v. 1 NIV) Plutarch, a first-century Greek historian, in his Advice to the Bride and Groom, wrote: “A woman ought not to make friends of her own but enjoy her husband’s friends in common with him. The gods are the first and most important friends. Hence it is becoming …