What inspires you? When you’re feeling rough, where do you turn for motivation? The internet is full of inspirational quotes and positivity influencers and motivational speakers. Maybe you’ve checked your daily horoscope or saved a fortune cookie paper or at one point in your life owned a “Hang in there, baby!” cat poster. Some are not so great, but sometimes those things really can have a positive impact, especially when they say exactly what you needed to hear. Most importantly, you can always find inspiration in scripture.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 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. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 5:6-11, ESV
Context is always important — Peter wasn’t writing this letter directly to us — but we can certainly look back on these words and be inspired. Wherever you find yourself today, it isn’t bad advice to cast your anxieties on God, resist evil, and stand firm in your faith.