“Called And Confirmed To His Glory” (1 Peter 5: 8 – 10, ESV) by Carley Evans

Peter exhorts us to “be sober-minded.” He tells us to “be watchful.” We are to watch out for our “adversary the devil [who] prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Peter expects us to “resist him, firm in [our] faith.” We are able to remain firm in this faith because we know “that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by [our] brotherhood throughout the world.” “And after [we] have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called [us] to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself… Restore, Confirm, Strengthen, and Establish [us].” Peter says we are called by God Himself to His eternal glory in Christ. Because God calls us, He also restores us, putting us back into a state of holiness as before the fall. God also confirms us, admitting and verifying us a full members of His body. God strengthens us, making us grow as His children. Finally He establishes us, bringing us into a full existence as His own, keeping us on a firm foundation, and recognizing us as belonging only and wholly to Him. Resist the adversary. Tell him to whom you belong; show him God’s seal of ownership.

“Formed For God” (Isaiah 43: 11 – 12, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Fear not,” says God, “for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine.” (Isaiah 43: 1) God declares: You belong to Him. You are saved; He has marked you with His Seal, the promised Holy Spirit. He says to you, “I Am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43: 3)

“You are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43: 4) God tells you how much He loves you. You are akin to His Only Begotten Son. You have a place of honor in His house.

“Fear not, I Am with you.” (Isaiah 43: 5) Since the Mighty God is on your side, what have you to fear?

God says I Am going to say to the four corners of the earth — give up My people. “Do not withhold; bring My sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My Name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43: 6 – 7) One day, you and I and all other believers marked with His Seal will be drawn together to stand in His glory.

“Also,” declares our God, “henceforth I Am He; there is none who can deliver from My hand; I work, and who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 43: 13) When God has done these works, no one is able to undo them. No one can turn back that which God has purposed.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I Am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert…for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert to give drink to My chosen people, the people whom I formed for Myself that they might declare My praise.” (Isaiah 43: 18 – 21)

Since you and I are formed for God, let us praise Him. Amen.