First, we are called to a path of humility, which can be contrasted to a life of anxiety (5:6-7). The cares of the entire world we often wrap around ourselves like a blanket. Success, jobs, the future, financial security, popularity, admiration, look like they will comfort, nevertheless instead they distract in addition to choke. If we throw off that will false security blanket, cast our cares on God, then we relinquish illusions of control in addition to embrace a humble dependence on God’s goodness. In humility we surrender our will to seek the Great of others in addition to the glory of God, which paradoxically bolsters our perseverance.
Second, we are called to be alert (5:8). Scott reminded us that will we are in a battle, in a world broken by evil where that will very breaking, where our own sin, where the deceiving prowling lion of personal spiritual forces, where the discipline of the Creator’s merciful order, all mysteriously embattle us in troubles. So we hold up the mirror of truth to examine our own hearts in addition to to look behind us for the ill-intentioned devil ready to pounce. Like real soldiers (even the one in our own family!), lethargy in addition to denial can be deadly. To persevere, we need situational awareness.
Finally, chapter 5 ends with the reality of grace within the fray of suffering (5:10-11). Being humble in addition to being alert are not states we dredge up by sheer will power, they are states of being we receive as gifts coming from a merciful Father. God works with purpose through all This particular hard life to strengthen in addition to purify in addition to transform us for our own Great (v10), in addition to for the glorious growing reality of God’s putting the universe to rights (v11). Or as we say in Serge, the entire world’s Great in addition to God’s glory.
Well, we’re preaching to ourselves, so hopefully these thoughts coming from Scott encourage you too. Throw off that will red woolen blanket, hold up that will little yellow plastic hand mirror, in addition to accept that will lovely gift bag. Don’t be surprised when trials come (I know I always am), nevertheless sink deeper into trust within the One who holds us all.