There is much to be gleaned from the Scriptures that will help us as we discern what’s true and what’s false in the church world. The quiet hours you spend in the Word as you seek Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit—even if they produce questions you can’t answer right away—will ultimately help you better see who Jesus really is and what God is really doing.

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Sometimes when I study a passage of Scripture . . . it reminds me of another . . . and another . . . and then I see how they link together.

The other day I was reminded of a time that happened, when Philippians 2 and First Peter 5 and Psalm 22 all pointed to the same thing, a truth driven home on Passion Week, as I pondered how our Lord Jesus was humbled . . . and then exalted.

And the roaring lion was defeated.

And it’s true for all His children too.

Philippians 2 (about Jesus being humbled and exalted) brought me to First Peter 5:6-9.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the appropriate time,

casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 

But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world.

It’s a Scripture I’d pondered many times in regard to myself. But because I saw Jesus as our forerunner in all of these things, this time I meditated on it in regard to Him, because I found out a long time ago that when I meditate on the Scriptures as they relate to Jesus, my own soul is deepened. This is how it looked:

Our Lord Jesus humbled Himself under the mighty hand of God, and He was then exalted at the appropriate time,

7 Our Lord Jesus cast all His care on the Father, and the Father cared about Him.

Even when it seemed like the Father didn’t care, even when the Father turned His face away, the Father still cared deeply about His Son. They both knew what lay on the other side of that cross—great joy.

Jesus was sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], He was alert and cautious at all times.

Throughout His whole life and ministry, Jesus knew He was in a spiritual battle. He knew the devil wanted nothing better than to bring Him down, to destroy Him. He stood sober and vigilant, alert and cautious against His adversary.

8b He knew His enemy, the devil, prowled like a roaring lion, seeking to devour Him.

9 But our Lord Jesus resisted the devil, firm in the faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable].

 

 

 

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This article has now been incorporated into the book Untwisting Scriptures to Find Freedom and Joy in Jesus Christ: Book 5 Brokenness & Suffering. You can find that book here.

 

 

 

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An earlier version of this meditation can be found here.

 

 

 

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