“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.”
1 Peter 5:6,7
There are a couple things that come out at me when I see these verses. First, I think: What is the ‘therefore’ there for? It’s a cheesy joke, but a really good question. Whenever you see a word like that, it is there because it is building on something that was just said and to understand it properly we must understand it in that context. We’ll get to that in a minute. The other thing that jumps out at me is the relationship between being humble and casting our cares on the Lord.
First, the “therefore”. Peter has just said that, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. Well now, that makes perfect sense. If God is in against the proud, then we should do everything in our power to resist pride in our lives. And this makes sense to me too. Because when we are acting in pride, we don’t have any room for God in our lives. Pride is, at its core, our elevation of ourselves above God.
So then how do we practically fight pride seeping into our lives? We do this by intentionally casting all our cares and worries onto the Lord. As we unload our concerns on the Lord, we are making the statement that He is the one in control, not us. And as we ask for His help, we are acknowledging that we cannot do this on our own. It puts us in the right perspective before our all-loving, all-powerful God.
You probably don’t think when you’re in the middle of being stressed over something that you are making yourself your own god, but let’s break it down. If you’re really worried and bummed because of life situations, what kind of assumptions are you making? What I mean by that is that when harbor all these cares and worries the assumption is that it is our job to take care of it, as if the outcome were totally in our power and not God’s. We are actually assuming God’s job for ourselves…. Replacing God.
But when we can humble ourselves before our loving Father and genuinely cast all our cares on Him we will realize that He is busy working all things our together for His children. We must let Him be God and submit to that. This doesn’t give us an excuse for laziness. We need to work hard to be faithful to what God has called us to but in a way that acknowledges His sovereign hand at work in all of life.
So today, let’s make a conscious effort, when we’re worried or frustrated to stop, give our frustrations to the Lord and trust Him.