Wednesday, October 31, 2012

1 Peter 4:15-19

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

In 1 Peter 4:19, Peter tells us that we should “commit the keeping” of our souls to God. This phrase here literally has the idea of “depositing for safekeeping.” It is a phrase that would bring up the image of a bank vault. Imagine every month that I get paid $2,000 in cold, hard cash. I then take that $2,000 and drive it to the bank to deposit it in my account. The only difference between my bank and your bank is this: my bank is the vault at Ft. Knox. After I stop at the guard shack and am escorted with armed soldiers to the inner chambers of the vault, I am able to place all $2,000 in the vault for safekeeping. As I leave, I can hear the pistons hissing as giant bolting doors seal airtight behind me, securing my money. As I exit out the back of the building, I notice snipers on perches all around the complex. A warning placard indicating explosives buried in the ground surrounding the building greets me as I turn to walk up the road past the three tanks and a dozen or so .50 caliber rifles sweeping back and forth across the compound. I feel pretty good about my bank. I don’t have that “somebody’s gonna steal my money” feeling. I have “deposited for safekeeping.” I can go home and sleep that night, not wondering whether or not my money will be stolen tonight. It is in Ft. Knox, that makes it safe. Peter uses this same idea of safekeeping when speaking of committing our souls to God. He is in control and He will take care of us. Whether we are facing problems on the outside, or fears on the inside, we can rest secured in Him. He is stronger than any foe, internal or external. He will not allow us to be destroyed. He will not allow us to be overcome. We must trust in Him. We can trust in Him, because He is a good God. So, commit the keeping of your soul to God, He will be faithful to care for you.
Food For Thought: What does the phrase “commit the keeping” mean? How can we do this everyday with our souls?