1 Peter 5:5b all of you be subject one to another
I admit that the King James Version of the bible is difficult to understand at times. It was an archaic language even for the 1600’s when released. But it isn’t impossible to understand. Just difficult. So let us have a little English lesson shall we?
In sentence structure the subject is what is being talked about. All following verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and prepositions are directly related to the subject. It follows that only one subject be addressed per sentence to avoid confusion as to what is being talked about.
In 1 Peter 5:5 clarity can be found if you look at the meaning to say, “It’s not about me, it’s about you.” We enter in so many conversations over the course of a lifetime that we take sentence structure for granted. We talk about sports, we talk about politics, economy, court rulings, or what we saw in a movie or on television. We have gotten away from making the conversation about things that really matter; YOU.
If we all make the person in front of you the subject, then someone is asking about you. Building relationships has to start somewhere and is impossible if no one asks how you are doing. It is hard to get the help you really need if you cannot trust people. Trust is built over time which means staying connected and keep communicating.
You can do this. I know you can.
Genesis 20:2a God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man,
Dreams are a powerful force of the mind. They can seem so real, in touch, smell and sight, that it can be difficult to know if you are really awake or asleep. Most nights I do not remember my dreams, possibly because I am at peace with myself.
Years ago when I was in the work force my job was writing visual basic code for software that was interactive with the plant’s quality conformance system. The reports required abstracting raw data into meaningful trends and had to be analyzed using statistical control formulas. If that sounds complicated, it was. I often went home without the answer for a code that was needed.
I started dreaming about code. I even put pen and paper on my night stand to write it down when I woke up excited with an answer. In the morning I would look over the code I had written during the night, so excited, and it was all unusable. It had no relationship to reality. So I guess my dreams were nothing more than a coping mechanism for my anxiety.
But what if God had to come to you in a dream because you weren’t seeking Him in your waking hours? What if there was something so important that it could affect your life? Could you trust your dream? Do you trust God? If so do you seek Him in your waking moments, or are you too busy trying to find the answers on your own?
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.