Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9
How true too, what we undergo today another is also. Just think that today we have no food to eat, somewhere else in the world others also have no food to eat. We have no roof over our head to shield us from the elements, just think of the many around the world who also have no roof over their heads. We have no funds to pay our debts, just think of the people in the world who also suffer this way. If we think our sufferings are unique and we are the only ones who go through it, think again. There is so much suffering in our world, yet those who suffer in these ways are judged most harshly.
Today's reading we are told to be sober and vigilant. That our opponent is prowling around to devour someone, and that one is finding plenty to devour. Many do not resist, they give in to that one who devours. The loss of faith in God. Resist him, be steadfast in our faith. What is it about suffering, that could make or break a persons faith. It is the lure of something better but not that of God. It is seeking material comfort, not spiritual cleanliness. Many are those who suffer, who have found a deeper faith and perservere in spite of obstacles. So think for a moment, that what we are going through there are many more who suffer far worse around the world.