Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/22/2023: 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

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Today's Lectionary Text

1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. ...

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Today's Devotional

Discuss these questions on our Facebook page:
  • 1 Peter 4:12 starts with “beloved.” To whom do you think Peter is writing? What does it mean to be “beloved” of God?
  • “Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.” (1 Peter 5:9, NRSV). Who are “your brothers and sisters in all the world”? What kinds of suffering are they going through? How does your church address suffering in the community? How does being part of The United Methodist Church help address suffering in the wider world? What might be other ways you might address the needs in your area?
  • “He (Peter) isn’t saying the problems will go away. But he is inviting us to not let the suffering control us. Cast your inclination to worry away. Trust in the Lord because he cares for you.” How have you experienced this? How might it look to trust God fully? In what area of your life do you need to work on trusting God?


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