I Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” NIV
Do not fear what they fear. There’s a footnote in my NIV Bible there that says, “Do not fear their threats.”
This verse echoes Psalm 118:6 – The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid, what can man do to me? NIV
Sometimes, though, these verses are easier contemplated than lived. Earthly threats can seem quite real when they’re staring you in the eye. It takes a lot of prayer and preparation to meet them head on with a triumphant spirit.
But, today’s reminder says, “even if you suffer for what is right, you are blessed.”
That’s what I’ll think about today.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. NIV
What a beautiful, beautiful verse.
What a privilege. What an honor.
The creator of the universe cares for me.
When I used the Greek to English dictionary in my concordance to look up the word “cares,” in this verse, I was surprised by its definition, “to trouble; to concern.” Curiously, those same words appear in the definition for “anxiety.”
Candidly, I never pictured God as being troubled over me. I’ve always pictured Him as calm, never surprised, never grieved. But, as I think about it, I think that there are verses that say he is grieved sometimes … I should look those up. As I typed that, I thought, “well, you have a concordance right there … do it!” And, sure enough, the Lord appears to be grieved in several instances.
He is all an all-knowing God. He knows everything I’ve done and everything I will do, and yet, He still cares. That’s pretty powerful. I am so thankful to have that knowledge today.