1 Peter 5:6-11
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[c] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[d] the God of all grace, who called us[e] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
All precious things come with a price. Our most precious desire is that He may welcome us to His eternal glory as His beloved brides. So costly a grace, this comes with great efforts. Our enemy is strong and viciously attacks our hopes of attaining this grace. All his efforts day and night are solely to steal our hearts away from even sustaining the desire of this grace. Likewise, we also must channel all the efforts of our hearts to persevere onward towards this upward call. We must be sober, vigilant, and steadfast, not allowing our hearts to be taken in one direction or another from our sole focus. Our precious Bridegroom also is by our side, promising to establish us and settle us in our rightful place by His side. He cares for us.
Though it’s difficult to always be focused, and though my enemy is viciously fighting me, how can I ensure that I can channel my heart’s efforts to focus on my call to be His bride? What are my heart’s other efforts or focuses? Am I willing to take the stand, with Him by my side, to persevere at all costs?
My dear Bridegroom,
Thank You for making me aware of the true struggle going on in my heart. I have an upward calling to be Your bride, yet my heart is often tied down with conflicting focuses and desires. Come quickly to help me and establish me. Strengthen me against my vicious enemy. Just as St. Irene persisted to seek Your call no matter the consequences, help me also to persist. Like her, I want also to be solely concerned with Your will for my heart. For Yours is the dominion forever. Amen.