Weekly Study Questions

1 Peter 5:6-11, "Counsel for a New Year"

  1. What does it mean that God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (vs. 5)? Why is it important that we know this especially in regard to the counsel given in verse 6?
  2. What does it mean to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God?  How does one "humble themselves"? How does this fit with verse 5?
  3. Is humbling ourselves a prerequisite for being exalted by God?  Explain?  What does it mean to be exalted at the proper time?
  4. In what way is casting our anxiety on Him connected with humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God? What does it mean to cast our anxieties on Him? Why is the "all" important in verse 7?
  5. In what way, does this invitation by God to cast all our anxieties on Him demonstrate that He truly cares about us? Why is it important that we know God cares for each of us?  Cross Reference Matthew 6.
  6. What does it mean to be of sober spirit and alert? Why is it important that we obey this command in light of verse 8? 
  7. Why is it important that we know that we have an "adversary", and that adversary is the devil? What is an adversary?
  8. What does it mean that the devil "prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour"? Who would those "someone's" be? What can we learn about the devil and his strategy to devour us from the way a lion hunts?
  9. What does it mean to "resist" the devil? How do we actually do that?  In what way is this resistance connected with "humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God"?
  10. In what way does the "suffering" described in verses 9 and 10 fit with "humbling ourselves..." in verse 6? In what way could this suffering challenge us to leave our place under the hand of God?
  11. What does God promise to each of us "after you have suffered for a little while..."? What is it that God promises to do and why is that important in God's plan for our lives?
  12. In what way have you, or do you intend to respond to the counsel God has given to you in this passage as you enter 2017?