1 Peter 5:6 – 14
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. Greet one another with the kiss of love.
1. Do you ever think of God as distant or stern? How does that impact your relationship to him?
2. Are there concerns of yours you never express to God? What are those?
3. Does it make sense in light of the incarnation and crucifixion that God does care about everything you care about? Do you think/feel you are important to God?
4. What have been some ways you have been able to cast your cares upon God?
5. Do you believe that God will finish the good work he began in you? Does that impact how you handle your cares and concerns?
6. If you don’t bring them to God, what do you do with your cares and anxieties? How does that work for you?