Today’s devotion will be a shorter one.  It’s Wednesday, or hump day, the middle of the week.  Back when I took days off in the week this was halfway through the weekend, halfway to my rest.

While we’re going forward here on earth, it can seem like we are doing time.  We bear the consequences of our sins going all the way back to Adam: The first curse gave men the burden of frustration in work.  Women bear the pain of labor and the establishment of patriarchy (both parts of a curse in Genesis 3:16-19).
Then we have our own choices, and the choices of others: Wars, rumors of wars, taxes, imperfect government, unloving neighbors, disease, old age, sickness, and more.
So how do we get through the grind?
1 Peter 5:6-11 has a good answer.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.  Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of sufferings are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.  and after you have suffered for a little while, the god of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.  To him be the dominion forever and ever.  Amen.
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